“There is still a lot to be done, but it will be nice to know that there is an education secretary thinking about how to protect students from predatory schools rather than the other way around,” said Aaron Ament, the president of the National Student Legal Defense Network, sued the department for efforts to undo the Obama-era lending and consumer protection rules.
The team that Mr. Biden has named to help the Education Department transition signaled the direction he wants to take.
Heading the team is Linda Darling-Hammond, president of the Palo Alto, California-based Learning Policy Institute, who also oversaw the educational transition for Mr. Obama in 2008. Ms. Darling-Hammond, a veteran education researcher and policymaker in arenas such as desegregation, school funding, and teacher preparation, was considered a candidate for Mr. Biden’s Secretary of Education but withdrew herself from the race, saying she was committed to her work in California.
The transition team strong representation of former Obama-era officials and teachers’ unions received mixed reactions.
Announcing the team, a transition official said its members had “deep backgrounds in key policy areas” with “diverse perspectives that are vital to addressing America’s most pressing and complex challenges.”
Keri Rodrigues, president of the National Parents Union, which represents low-income parents and color-skinned parents, said the composition of the team had made her concerned that the Biden government might stack the government with people “interested in status.” Strengthening the quo that has failed so many of our children. “
“This is the largest table right now,” she said of the transition team, “and I don’t see any parent groups, family groups, or community groups present.” She added, “It looks like we’re the same age again.” We’re going to do things to you, not to you. “