Biden was at a candidates event in Houston with National Education Association members last July when he said: “First thing, as president of United States — not a joke — first thing I will do is make sure that the secretary of education is not Betsy DeVos. It is a teacher. A teacher. Promise.”
That promise has led many K-12 teachers from public schools to expect that he would pick an education secretary from their ranks, and many will be disappointed if that doesn’t happen.
Obama’s long-serving education secretary, Arne Duncan, infuriated teachers with school reforms that used standardized test scores as key metrics for evaluating schools and teachers as well as other measures. They are expecting a different education agenda from Biden, whose platform includes big supports for teachers and public schools.
But Biden’s promise of a teacher as education secretary could also mean someone from higher education —