Education Expert: Betsy DeVos Should Address Local Control Before School Choice

Education Expert: Betsy DeVos Should Address Local Control Before School Choiceā€¯

For the first time in history, a vice president had to use his tie-breaking vote in the confirmation of a Cabinet member.

Democratic senators have boycotted committee votes on Trump's nominees for treasury, the Environmental Protection Agency, and health and human services, forcing Republicans to suspend the rules and advance the nominees without a quorum. Then there's the fact that she donated almost $1 million to the senators who ultimately voted for her confirmation.

Two Republicans, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, joined Democrats in a marathon effort to derail the nomination of the wealthy Republican donor.

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Teachers, parents, and students protested the new boss, Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos.

"Never mind that the bulk of DeVos' school-choice work puts her only somewhat to the right of the Obama administration's pro-charter-school positioning, close to centrist Democrats like Sen". They despise DeVos because of her passion for dramatically expanding school choice - through charter schools, online "virtual" teaching, homeschooling, or vouchers to pay for private or parochial school tuition. "That is not the message to send to our children".

America's education system is broken and in need of a sharp change in course or, better yet, significant disruption.

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DeVos, for all the reasons listed above, provided Democrats the flawless opportunity to take their biggest stand yet against Trump. The concern for many of these activists boils down to this: While choice may be desirable, it is not feasible when big government imposes uniform requirements on all schools for such central policies as curricula, testing, and teacher evaluation. He has taught educational policy courses in the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Program in Education. "None of that mattered: Against her and (so far) only her, Democrats went to the barricades and even dragged a couple of wavering Republicans along with them". In her home state of Michigan, DeVos and her husband have championed charter schools - to positive effect.

Another replied: 'In one of the thousands of public schools you're about to destroy'. We don't have to ask Betsy-she's not allowed to tell us what is important (and likely couldn't)-because we get to choose what we think are important outcomes for our schools. "She doesn't have our best interests at heart".

In a video of the standoff, a man holding a Black Lives Matter sign says, "Keep giving money to senators and buying your way to the position", while another says DeVos doesn't represent anything public schools stand for.

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We think DeVos is the ideal person to approach the department in a way that will shrink the education department's footprint and untie some of the strings attached to the federal dollars that make up roughly 10 percent of states' school budgets. "One of the reasons why they proliferated so much is because you get tax breaks through the New Market Tax Credit, which is why you have a lot of hedge funds involved in charter schools".

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