The effort to open up American education and to provide choices has come a very long way. It started as one program in 1990 in Milwaukee, championed by a Democratic city councilwoman, Polly Williams. It had 341 students in its first year. Yes, you heard that right. The oldest school choice program in the country was started by a Democrat.

—Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to the American Federation for Children’s National Policy Summit,  May 22, 2017

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