February 8, 2017

Some reasons Betsy DeVos as education secretary is a terrible idea

Diane Ravitch

There are many reasons for the Senate to reject Betsy DeVos.

First, she showed during her Senate hearing that she is ignorant of the most basic federal programs and laws.

Second, DeVos is a fervent advocate for privatization of public education through privately managed charters and vouchers.

Third, she opposes the fundamental principle of separation of church and state.

Fourth, she refuses to divest herself of financial conflicts of interests, most notably her multimillion dollar investment in Neurocore, a dubious enterprise that sells expensive biofeedback methods to parents of young children.

Fifth, she gave the Senate a misleading and inaccurate account of the for-profit online charter industry, which researchers have determined obtains terrible results.

Sixth, under the influence of DeVos millions, Michigan has taken her advice and its national test scores on NAEP have plummeted.

Seventh, the Detroit Free Press has written that DeVos has no regard for facts or evidence and it opposes her nomination. [See “What you need to know about Betsy DeVos.”]

Last, for all the reasons above, she would do irreparable harm to the public schools of the U.S.

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