from Politico’s Tuesday October 30th MorningEducation
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told her staff in an email Monday that the Education Department is moving forward with “several proposals” to restructure the agency that don’t “require changes to existing laws.”
— The plans, some details of which haven’t been previously reported, include elevating the Office of Non-Public Education to report directly to DeVos in the Office of the Secretary to help meet the agency’s goal of improving “parent choice,” according to documents obtained by POLITICO from the American Federation of Government Employees, which has clashed repeatedly with the Trump administration. Department spokeswoman Liz Hill confirmed the changes.
— The Office of Non-Public Education, the agency’s liaison to the private school community, has in recent years been housed in the Office of Innovation and Improvement. We’ve previously reported that OII will be combined with the agency’s main K-12 office, the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.
— The reorganization would also move the Education Department’s budget office out of the Office of Planning Evaluation and Policy Development and into a new Office of Finance and Operations. The new Office of Finance and Operations would be created by consolidating the budget office, the Office of Management, the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Risk Management Service.
— The sweeping overhaul of the agency, which picked up steam this year, stems from an executive order issued by President Donald Trump in March 2017 that directed agencies to examine whether their organizational structures could be improved. The changes are expected to take effect by Jan. 6.