In her confirmation hearing, Betsy DeVos failed to demonstrate familiarity with the needs of rural communities and did not offer ideas about how the U.S. Department of Education can help address them. In the end, two Republican senators – both from rural states – opposed her nomination in the floor vote. DeVos is not alone; rural education has long been a second tier concern for federal education policymakers. But, as secretary of education, DeVos has a second chance to serve rural students.
Here are three steps DeVos should take: