State Board of Education to vote next week on significant changes to meet the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
As with Missouri, California's constitution bans public money for schools run by churches.
Her remarks appeared to be her strongest endorsement of public schools since taking office just over a month ago.
The Trump administration has had to overcome a series of controversies and embarrassments regarding civil rights since the November election.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos backtracks again on comments about historically black universities that stirred controversy.
It will be difficult to reverse the momentum in the state, where implementation of the Common Core is well underway.
DeVos is sending signals of cooperation after a contentious confirmation fight.
Critics of the new education secretary were alarmed by her advocacy of school vouchers.
Republicans needed Vice President Michael Pence to decide the closest vote ever for a Cabinet nominee.
Broad finds common ground with teachers unions in opposing Trump's education secretary nominee.
Teachers, administrators and parents object to DeVos’ positions promoting charter schools and vouchers.
President Donald Trump, in his inaugural address, effectively labels the U.S. education system a failure.
“The push is on to protect schools from privatization as well as to create safe spaces for immigrants, women and minorities,” said California Teachers Association President Eric Heins.
Democrats on the committee were angry that they were only given five minutes each to question Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be secretary of education.
The California Charter Schools Association says it will "actively resist" efforts to impose a private school voucher plan on California.