Four former U.S. education secretaries implicitly criticized the approach taken to failing public schools by President Donald Trump and his education secretary, Betsy DeVos, during a summit in Washington.

The Education Department secretaries under Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush implied during a panel discussion Thursday at the Reagan Institute Summit on Education that Trump and DeVos were acting to harm, not improve, public education.

DeVos, in her remarks and in an exclusive interview with The Daily Signal, argued that the federal government must take a smaller role in education and talked about ways to do that.

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