Monday, December 5, 2016

After the election – Welcome to our new future :( | Parents United for Public Education

After the election – Welcome to our new future :( | Parents United for Public Education:

After the election – Welcome to our new future :(

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We wish we could provide a more insightful blob post, but there are already great investigative works out there. Please take some time to inform yourself on the latest Secretary of Education appointment. Public education is incredibly important to our republic. We do need to fight for it more than we think we should have to.
From Education Voters:

5 reasons why Trump pick Betsy DeVos is wrong for Secretary of Education

By Amanda Litvinov


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Last week, President-elect Donald Trump nominated as Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, a billionaire and conservative mega-donor who has no classroom experience, and whose work in public education consists mainly of efforts to privatize it.
“In Michigan, we know firsthand how disastrous DeVos’s ideology is, as she has spent decades wielding her family’s money and influence to destroy public education and turn our schools and students over to for-profit corporations,” said Michigan Education Association President Steven Cook, who served as a paraprofessional in Lansing Public Schools for 15 years.
Elementary school teacher and NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia said DeVos’s work “has done more to undermine public education than support students. She has lobbied for failed schemes, like vouchers — which take away funding and local control from our public schools — to fund private schools at taxpayers’ expense. These schemes do nothing to help our most-vulnerable students while they ignore or exacerbate glaring opportunity gaps.”
Here are just five of the reasons why Betsy DeVos should never serve as the Secretary of Education:

1. Betsy DeVos has no training or experience in education.

She has never worked in a school in any capacity, and does not hold a degree in education (nor did she or her children ever attend a public school).

2. Like Donald Trump, DeVos is an ardent supporter of “school choice” privatization schemes, despite a complete lack of evidence that privatizing public schools produces better education.

In Michigan, Betsy and husband Dick DeVos have pushed for decades for so-called “choice” schemes and corporate charter schools, most of which have performed worse than the state average. They are long-time Republican party donors who support pro “school choice” candidates, and Betsy DeVos has served on the boards of two major groups leading the charge to privatize public schools.

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3. DeVos has invested millions lobbying for laws that drain resources from After the election – Welcome to our new future :( | Parents United for Public Education:

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