BAEO Statement on Betsy DeVos' Confirmation as the Next Education Secretary

Jacqueline Cooper, president of the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), has released the following statement on the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Betsy DeVos to become the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education:

"BAEO congratulates Betsy DeVos on becoming our next Secretary of Education. She is a very gifted and well-respected education leader with a proven track record of advancing excellence and equity for students. She has been a strong champion for parental choice, ensuring that all children, regardless of race or economic status, have access to excellent schools.

"DeVos has spent much of her life working on behalf of low-income and working-class Black families who just want access to better educational options for their children. She will be a strong supporter of parental choice policies and education reform initiatives that we believe will help close the academic achievement gap.

"We look forward to working with the new education secretary to tackle these challenges and many others in the weeks and months ahead."