Heitkamp to oppose billionaire Betsy DeVos as education secretary; Hoeven to approve
Jan 31 2017 by Irving Hamilton
"They don't realize that if Betsy DeVos, or someone like her, is appointed as the next USA secretary of education, that a privatization movement will take place taking over public schools".
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, chairs the committee that will vote on DeVos' confirmation.
"The mission of the U.S. Department of Education is to give them that chance", wrote U.S. Sen.
Bill McCollum of Florida said Monday that Betsy DeVos would fight school unions and empower parents if she is confirmed as secretary of education. "Any move to privatize our public education system will fiscally ... undermine the districts that we are supposed to be supporting", Friedman said, adding that privatization will also make the charter sector "less publicly accountable". "She just hasn't been active with and involved in unionized traditional public schools". After all, good schools and good education could turn our education system to turning poor and dependent children into self-sustaining adults. That is all without denying access to students with behavioral challenges or IEP's as many charter schools do. DeVos is the co-founder of the Great Lakes Education Project, an organization that describes itself as "support (ing) quality choices in public education for all MI students". Her research, which emphasizes quantitative methods that support causal inference, focuses on urban education policy at the K-12 and postsecondary levels. Booker has championed school choice claiming he couldn't "stand up and stand against a parent having options" because he and his parents benefited from them.
Meanwhile, right-wing groups are battling for DeVos's confirmation, the Washington Post reports, with a Republican super PAC launching a pro-DeVos ad campaign Monday.
For nearly 30 years, Betsy DeVos has been fighting on the front lines of education reform to empower parents and focus on the needs of children, especially for traditionally at-risk communities.
Public school teacher Emily Gadd said that teachers need to keep their eyes on elected officials and advocate for their students.
Tom Watkins, Michigan's former education superintendent and a charter school supporter, told the Detroit Free Press that "in a number of cases, people are making a boatload of money, and the kids aren't getting educated". Pat Toomey, supports DeVos's nomination. "Betsy is a threat-sy" and "A, B, C, D, E, F, G, Betsy DeVos is not for me".
Some believe she isn't qualified for the position and has very little experience with the public education system.
This is shown through my CHOICE Act, which seeks to let parents of children with special needs utilize funding under IDEA to find the best school for their child.