Cory Turner – NPR |
Practically speaking, much of the work she did was in undoing, and can similarly be undone.
For the cause she most often championed, that of expanding families’ access to charter and private schools, she made little progress — and may have been counterproductive, scaring away sympathetic Democrats who didn’t dare align with one of their party’s favorite villains.
Perhaps her most remarkable achievement wasn’t in the realm of policy at all, but in the fact that she became a household name — as a Cabinet secretary — and brought a white-hot spotlight to the debate about how America should educate its children.
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