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Secretary Betsy DeVos Meets with Republican Policy Committee on Education Priorities, School Choice

Apr 27, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON (Thursday, April 27, 2017) — Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos met with the House Republican Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06), today to discuss education priorities and build momentum for school choice policies.

“With unprecedented support for school choice in the White House, we have the chance to enact real reforms that empower parents with options and allow students to attend the best school for their future,” Messer said. “It was exciting to have Secretary DeVos with us this morning to talk about making these reforms a reality for America’s kids. We’re grateful for her leadership and commitment to bringing innovation to our schools.”

“Today’s Republican Policy Committee meeting was an excellent opportunity to share ideas about how the Department and Congress can work together to ensure every child in America has an equal opportunity to receive a great education,” said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.“Chairman Messer has long-advocated for education reforms in his home state of Indiana and thousands of children in Indiana have benefited from those reforms.   I appreciate his invitation to speak to his Committee today and look forward to working with our partners in Congress to empower parents and teachers across the country to make the education decisions that will help their students succeed.”

A recent Politico-Harvard poll reported more than half of Americans support school choice policies, including choice scholarships for students to attend charter, private and faith-based schools.

Messer is the founder and co-chair of the Congressional School Choice Caucus. He has been a leader in authoring legislation that empowers states to expand school choice opportunities for students. 

PHOTOS from today’s RPC meeting with Secretary DeVos can be found here. More information about the Republican Policy Committee can be found at

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