Betsy DeVos didn’t hold back when she said the federal government’s meddling in local education has to stop. Betsy said that when she was setting up a charter school program in her home state of Michigan. DeVos is a Prince by birth. Her father, Edgar Prince was a high-powered automobile parts billionaire, and her husband is the heir to the Amway fortune. In other words, Betsy DeVos is a billionaire who wants to change the education system, so it conforms to her vision of public education. That vision starts and ends with a for-profit charter public school system.
After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, DeVos and President Trump got together and talked about using federal funds to arm teachers in public schools. That idea is still alive in the education department. Betsy also decided to narrow the education department’s view of discrimination, and how to treat sexual assaults on college campuses. Trump thinks DeVos is doing a fantastic job, but he is one of the few who thinks that way. Most people think DeVos is the worst education secretary ever. Her actions and her words reinforce that opinion in the minds of educators across the nation.
President Trump wants to combine the Labor and the Education Department, so DeVos may be the last education secretary, and she is on board with that proposal. Trying to understand why DeVos is tearing the old education system apart keeps educators and some lawmakers up at night. Betsy doesn’t have the skills or the disposition to reinvent the school system. But that’s not stopping her from cutting public school funding or claiming her education plan is the best plan for the country.
Despite the negative feedback, DeVos says she has years of experiencing helping students from low-income families attend better schools in Michigan. She and husband Dick donated millions to the charter school program in that state. And the couple claims their charter school system is working in terms of higher test scores and better school choices for poor families. Betsy told news reporter John Stossel she can’t force states to choose her charter school initiative, but she can encourage states to be more innovative.
But Betsy DeVos isn’t giving the states a lot of choices when it comes to being innovative. She wants states to follow her lead. She wants all states to throw out the old education model and bring big money into the education process.
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