Wednesday, December 21, 2016

‘Government really sucks’ and five other principles promoted by Trump’s education nominee - The Washington Post

‘Government really sucks’ and five other principles promoted by Trump’s education nominee - The Washington Post:

‘Government really sucks’ and five other principles promoted by Trump’s education nominee


Betsy DeVos, the Michigan billionaire tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to be his education secretary, has some very firm views about government and education, which she articulated in a 2015 speech at the SXSWedu convention in Austin. Take this, for example: “Government really sucks, and it doesn’t matter which party is in power.”
That was one of six “inconvenient truths” that she listed, and on which she elaborated, for the crowd in an address that clearly set out her views of education in the United States: The traditional public school system is a “dead end,” and publicly funded charter, parochial and private schools should be part of an expansive “open system of choice” for families. (You can see more about the speech here and here, watch the video of the entire speech here.)
The Trump transition team did not respond to a request for comment. Ed Patru, vice president at DCI Group, who identifies himself on emails as spokesman for “Friends of Betsy DeVos,” a loosely affiliated group of her supporters and allies, said in an email:
As you know, nominees aren’t granting interviews by protocol and out of deference to Transition. … The speech was great and it was incredibly well-received. Donald Trump’s entire campaign ‘Government really sucks’ and five other principles promoted by Trump’s education nominee - The Washington Post:
The telling speech Betsy DeVos gave about education — full text - The Washington Post - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/12/21/the-telling-speech-betsy-devos-gave-about-education-full-text/

To Trump’s education pick, the U.S. public school system is a ‘dead end’ - The Washington Post - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/12/21/to-trumps-education-pick-the-u-s-public-school-system-is-a-dead-end/

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