WASHINGTON (ABC4 Utah) The person in charge of re-shaping America's education system is giving new details about what parents and teachers can expect.
"It's been drinking like a fire hose in many respects," said Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education.
DeVos says she's thirsty for more. As America's newest education secretary, the 59-year-old Michigan native is under intense pressure to re-shape the country's classroom.
"We have done a lot in the first few weeks to focus on returning power to the states," said DeVos.
Before she moves any further, DeVos will face plenty of critics. From the start Democats railed against her nomination.
Even some Republicans voted no forcing the vice president to break a tie.
DeVos says not that she's in the job, she wants individual states to set testing and school standards instead of the federal government.
"They're the ones closet to the issues, they're best equipped to address the needs of the students," said DeVos.
But the Department of Education is also about to face major cutbacks. The president's budget cuts education spending by $9 billion. DeVos says that's OK with her.
"It is the whole point to shift more to the states, its also the focus of the department to ensure we are investing in things that are helpful for kids," said DeVos.
The secretary also wants parents to choose where their kids go to school Her goals including investing more in private and charter schools.
"What we've continued to talk about is empowering parents to make the right decision for their child," said DeVos.
But some parents worry DeVos "empowerment" means abandoning public schools. DeVos strongly disagrees, but stresses every school across the country deserves a second look.
"Even the best of schools don't necessarily meet the needs of every single child in that school."
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