By Christine Cooke

Today Sutherland Institute joined 12 other leading state and national organizations in sending a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos praising her outspoken commitment to education choice.

“Education is about the student, which is why education decision-making belongs to parents, local leaders and states. Sutherland Institute is encouraged by Secretary DeVos’ support for education choice allowing parents to meet the unique needs of their students. We also recognize that the creation of education choice policies must respect the Constitution and federalism. We believe there are important balances available that can both achieve greater options for families and respect for what belongs to the states, local districts and parents.”

The letter outlines the importance of state-led efforts on education choice, emphasizing the need to remain true to the tenets of federalism and move education decision-making out of Washington – so that states, local school districts, and ultimately parents are in control.

Additionally, the letter offers support for specific policies that the administration should champion to bolster education choice movements across the nation and keep the education choice movement unified.

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Christine Cooke works as a policy analyst for Sutherland Institute’s Center for Educational Progress. Christine has a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in English Teaching and graduated from Arizona State University with a law degree. Prior to joining Sutherland Institute, Christine was an English teacher at a public junior high school and a residential treatment center. As a student attorney in the Arizona State University Juvenile Advocacy Clinic, Christine represented clients in juvenile law proceedings and taught community legal education to high school students. She worked in legal and policy research with the legal counsel for the Arizona Office of the Governor, legal counsel for Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, the Goldwater Institute, and The Heritage Foundation. Christine has made appearances on Fox-13 News and KSL’s Sunday Edition and is regularly featured in regional publications and radio shows. She currently sits on a state committee that advises the Utah State Board of Education on specific education issues. When in her home state of Arizona, she loves to spend time with her family. She also loves music, hiking, and making cookies.

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