Guardian: Betsy DeVos, the billionaire Republican destroying public education

Cuts, attacks, rollbacks – the education secretary’s campaign to dismantle America’s public system has continued unabated

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 Betsy DeVos has proposed a requirement that colleges allow cross-examination of sexual assault and harassment accusers. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

UK Guardian: Betsy DeVos has become accustomed to hostile audiences. The House of Representatives’ education committee earlier this month was no exception.

“When you approach a public school, you are protested,” the Democratic congresswoman Frederica Wilson told the education secretary. “When you enter, you are booed. You are the most unpopular person in our government. Millions will register to vote in 2020. Many will vote to remove you more than to remove the president.”

It was a rare moment of clarity in the constant swirl of drama in Washington – border wallRussia, partisan warfare, media bashing, tweets, impeachment – that seems to provide cover for Donald Trump’s cabinet secretaries to escape scrutiny. Chief among them is DeVos who, critics say, is quietly and insidiously destroying public education in America.

“We’ve had plenty of Republican as well as Democratic secretaries of education but none of them, even those who believed in alternatives to public education, actually tried to eviscerate public education,” said Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers. “Here is someone who in her first budget tried to eliminate every single summer school programme, every single after-school programme, and who has done everything in her power to try to make it harder for us to strengthen public [sector] schools.”

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Depends where you live in America as this can be judged by ones zip code.

    Look up 53206 which is the most impoverished in America.

    Lets ask Betsy bitch what she plans to do to fix that?

  2. America has no foreign enemies that can harm us as all of our enemies are domestic and we call them Republicans….

    • When she was ridiculed by Sanders and the rest of the Democrats during her confirmation hearings for being completely clueless, and it didn’t make one bit of difference to the whores called the Republican Party, everyone knew that the country is on a downward spiral course and on steroids with Trump at the helm. Every one of these gun toting evangelical Israeli firsters who bought their way into the Trump administration were handpicked by Likud.

  3. The sister of Eric Prince cannot be pushing for more military recruitment, can she ? I know all budget cuts are to please the huge military budget but the recruits ….

  4. Education by its very nature, is subversive. The original intent of public ‘education’, was to provide conformist education, thereby creating a workforce that could accomplish the semi-skilled tasks of industrialism, and little more. Given the drive to automated systems of production, even the very limited conformist education is now ‘unnecessary’. However, given the economic system we suffer under, ‘private’ education is a market that is irresistible to investors, hence, the attack on the public school system. In all probability, the resulting private schools will produce graduates who are even more limited in knowledge, and just as important, tracked into more specialized fields (knowledge) needed by the corporate state.

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