In an exclusive interview with InsiderAdvantage, state Rep. Earl Ehrhart spoke of his meeting Wednesday with new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in Washington D.C. The Powder Springs Republican was accompanied by University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley.
Ehrhart, who serves as Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education in the state House, said DeVos is “a breath of fresh air in the field of education.” He requested the meeting “to establish communication with the new Secretary and her office.” “We talked about five or six issues regarding higher education in Georgia,” he said, “and she was on point and knew her subject matter. It’s also very clear that she is basically against federal regulation in the states.”
“We especially connected on parental school choice.” (Ehrhart, the longest serving GOP lawmaker in the state House of Representatives, has been a longtime choice proponent and has authored legislation in this field).
Ehrhart said the Secretary was also very impressed with the University System’s consolidation of several colleges in recent years in order to promote greater efficiency and cost savings.
Ehrhart declined to comment on other public policy subject matters at this time.