ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. education secretary is touring Alaska to see how communities use alternatives to traditional K-12 public schooling, a report said.
The trip this week is the first visit to Alaska by Secretary Betsy DeVos, Alaska Public Media reported Monday.
Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy hosted DeVos at Mat-Su Central School in Wasilla, a public alternative school that focuses on individual student outcomes. The school coordinates with district and charter schools and other private options to build curricula around students, officials said.
DeVos is a champion of school vouchers and charter schools and said the Mat-Su model could serve as a template for rural communities.
Responding to a question for DeVos, Dunleavy said alternative schools would not look