The confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, is taking place this Wednesday, where she will answer questions about her plans on key education policy issues — ranging from the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act to charter schools and voucher programs. Common Sense Kids Action, the policy arm of Common Sense Media, issued a letter last week to the United States Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee urging it to question her stances on ed tech, digital citizenship, privacy and early learning.
The letter offers a number of questions for DeVos, including:
The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 and will be live-streamed on the HELP Committee site.
A PDF of the letter is available on the Common Sense site here.
The role of technology as an agent for creating more leveled playing fields for student learning is not new – but it has not been fully articulated before now. As a result of using technology as a platform for remote learning, both teachers and administrators now place a higher valuation on the role of technology to support students’ future success.