There is a bigger Department of Education issue than Betsy DeVos
00:36, Feb 14, 2017
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After promising in a July radio interview to be an important part of a Senate that would act as a series of checks and balances on President Donald Trump, Rubio has since made a decision to vote in favor of every single one of Trump's billionaire and millionaire cabinet nominees, DeVos included. Two independent-minded Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, joined them in voting no. Then there's the fact that she donated almost $1 million to the senators who ultimately voted for her confirmation. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, and Susan Collins, Maine, joined the entire Democratic caucus to oppose her.
DeVos, the next secretary of education, is a billionaire who has for years channeled her money and energy into the cause of education reform, especially for the underprivileged.
DeVos is a proponent for vouchers that would siphon funds from public schools and funnel them into private schools.
Calling attention as well to reports of Common Core supporters on her staff, Holland observes that grassroots parent activists "see DeVos" longstanding support of powerful organizations that pushed Common Core standards on schools nationwide as rendering null and void any "choice' that might emanate from Washington, DC under her leadership". Good public schools provide a common experience and send a message that lets every child know that she has been born into a society that cares about what happens to her.
But there is a way more constructive way to solve the problem of unsafe or unwanted federal intervention than blocking schoolhouse doors: work to end the federal Department of Education.
Close attention also will be paid to how DeVos deals with sexual assault and freedom of speech on campuses.
It is true that DeVos is a proponent of school choice.
You'd think DeVos would have learned from her new boss that playing with Twitter can be like playing with fire. Conceptually, charter schools work to return equilibrium to the relationship between the individual and the state. As of 2014, the majority of students in the public education system are students of color and it's important that the leaders at the Department of Education are aware of the challenges these students may face and are willing to implement the policies that best serve them. On the other side of things, it's also Fashion Week, where DeVos' sister-in-law, Pamella Roland, is showing her fall "17 collection". It was a 51-50 vote, with Vice-President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote. Public charter schools draw less criticism, but some refuse to follow basic guidelines that ensure adequate education for students.
In light of DeVos' record and already-rocky Cabinet-tenure, here are some ways for community members to get involved in improving education for America's children, rather than tearing it down.
That's because - despite the best efforts by Senate Democrats to derail the nomination of Betsy DeVos to head the education department - the Michigan-based champion for school choice, charter schools and other lifeboats for students in sinking public schools was confirmed last week.
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"A push for federal school vouchers in the current regulatory climate could backfire big-time either by flopping in Congress or, if enacted, drawing more private and religiously affiliated schools into the freedom-killing Common Core web", he warns.
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