The Department of Education is an utter F up. I referenced why in my huge post earlier. They "oversee" accreditation councils which are independent organizations that are not licensed, bonded, audited, under oath etc.
They run on donations, accredited grade schools up to colleges and universities, run on donations and only issue accreditation once a year.
Terminate accreditation because the school failed to meet for example, common core standards and that school cannot operate for a year. The first thing the state will do is pull the funding and shut it down for that year while your kids get bused elsewhere.
Even with a "teach out" plan so majors can finish their degree with full accreditation, there won't be any new students and I know from research the schools usually go bankrupt and shut down after those students are graduated out with a fully accredited degree.
Do you think it's in your best interest as a college to make a lavish donation and wine and dine them if by some freak chance, they decide to visit the school?
DeVos has championed alternatives to ou public schools that are regulated by not just the federal government but private interest groups in the form of these accreditation councils.
It's just a terrible system and I could rant about it for hours.
They, and the Obama's Michelle included, are the reason common core exists. A failed president that thought if he put his name on a lot of experimental ideas he'd get his name in history as a pioneer.
All he did is federalize more of our local government and create some of the worst problems we've ever had.
Ultimately in your state there will be some form of a board of approval that is tax funded and regulated by state laws. They are an actual part of your local state government. They approve career colleges, post secondary schools, charter schools and so on.
They're well educated people but are bound by laws and liabilities where as accreditation councils are made up of wealthy people with fancy degrees and long standing careers either in the relative industry or education who worst case scenario lose recognition by the DOE as opposed to being sued, prosecuted etc. like your state board of approval.
Trump said he would like to get rid of the DOE if he could and I hope he at least makes major changes and starts by eliminating this absurd accreditation system. States should set standards and local communities should decide what their children will be taught and how they will be taught.
The idiots in these news reels criticizing DeVos and protesting her at these schools are low information thinkers.
If you asked them about the accreditation for the school their child attends, they wouldn't know wtf you're talking about. If you asked most college kids about their schools accreditation, most wouldn't know wtf you're talking about.
If you asked someone majoring in engineering about their schools accreditation well, then most would know wtf you're talking about.
Degrees in highly technical fields, specifically medicine and engineering, require multiple accreditation because we have to go through licensing and apprenticeships then more licensing just so you can say you are an engineer and offer engineering services which takes in most states about 10 years including the time spent getting your degree.
It's a terrible system and the rational behind it is human lives are at risk based on your work depending on the area of industry you go into.
Fair enough but an extra 5-6 years in the labor field to get licensed is ridiculous as is the layered accreditation requirements. I've been to schools with incompetent engineering programs that somehow had both regional and ABET accreditation when they shouldn't of even had an engineering program.
All that said our education system that Barack Obama swore he would reform?
He lied through his teeth as he did for all 8 years, reformed nothing and in fact made it much much worse as even colleges started hiring these software firms to design common core classes for them.
DeVos is likely to make a lot of major changes and honestly in another 4 years when we elected Trump again, I hope he dissolves the bureaucracy altogether.