Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Schools Betsy DeVos Wants Parents To Choose

The Schools Betsy DeVos Wants Parents To Choose:

The Schools Betsy DeVos Wants Parents To Choose

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos finally found a public school she could visit where there wouldn’t be protests. It’s on a military base, safely inside the compound of Ft. Bragg in North Carolina.
As a local news outlet reports, DeVos used her appearance at Kimberly Hampton Primary, a school operated by the Department of Defense and funded by the federal government, to make her usual pitch for “school choice,” in this case, in the form of vouchers parents can use to withdraw their children from public schools and send them to private schools at taxpayer expense.
For DeVos to use this visit to a public school as an opportunity to tell parents they would do better for their kids by sending them to privately run schools suggests her leadership will continue to advocate for funding more alternative schools rather than for supporting traditional ones.
But as her administration encourages parents to leave public schools, what types of schools would she prefer parents choose instead?
Based on other schools DeVos has chosen for her itinerary, the possibilities are truly frightening.
DeVos Does CARE
After the Ft. Bragg gig, DeVo’s next stop is CARE Elementary School in Miami, Florida.
CARE is a private school, which DeVos has a well-known preference for. Also, DeVos may want to showcase the school because its name, CARE, stands for Christian Academy for Reading Excellence.
DeVos’s belief in using education as a way to “advance God’s Kingdom” is well documented.
As Kristina Rizga reports for Mother Jones, the lengthy philanthropic record DeVos and her husband have amassed over many years shows “the couple’s clearest preference is for Christian private schools.”
CARE elementary certainly fits that profile. Students at CARE, according to the school’s handbook, “Attend weekly chapel, they are taught The Schools Betsy DeVos Wants Parents To Choose:
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