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Report: Michigan Lawmaker to Be Tapped for Adult Education Post at Ed. Dept.

By Alyson Klein — May 16, 2017 1 min read
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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos may soon have another Michigander joining her at the U.S. Department of Education. Tim Kelly, a Republican, member of the state legislature, told the Detroit News he expects DeVos to tap him as assistant secretary of technical and adult education.

Kelly said the ask, “just kind of came out of nowhere.” And he cautioned that he would still need to get through a background check and other vetting before being officially nominated to the post.

Like DeVos, Kelly is a huge supporter of school choice. But he doesn’t see that as the focus of this position.

“We both believe in universal choice, but this (position) is more about trying to do what we can for kids, instead of loading them up with debt and pushing everybody into four-year college degrees, maybe seeing what we can do for kids who might do well in technical training,” Kelly, an education adviser to former Michigan GOP Gov. John Engler, told the News. (It is not clear if the position will have the same scope as the assistant secretary of career, technical and adult education during the Bush and Obama administrations.)

The Trump White House has been slow to fill a number of positions at the Education Department. Right now, political appointees who have been named as “deputy assistant secretary” are overseeing the offices of civil rights and elementary and secondary education. as well as serving as undersecretary and in other key roles.