Thursday, July 20, 2017

Randi Weingarten skewers Betsy DeVos on vouchers, calls them to 'cousins' of segregation

Union boss skewers Betsy DeVos on vouchers, calls them to 'cousins' of segregation:

Teachers union boss skewers Betsy DeVos on vouchers, likening them to 'cousins' of segregation


WASHINGTON — In a blistering speech slated to be delivered to more than 1,400 teachers here on Thursday, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten likens U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to a climate-change denier, saying DeVos refuses to acknowledge "the good in our public schools and their foundational place in our democracy."
In her speech, to be delivered at the union’s traditional summer conference, Weingarten says the Trump administration's school choice plans are secretly intended to starve funding from public schools. She calls taxpayer-funded private school vouchers, tuition tax credits and the like "only slightly more polite cousins of segregation."
An advance draft copy of the speech was obtained by USA TODAY.
Vouchers, tax credits and private, for-profit charter schools, she alleges, "hide a dangerous ideological agenda” that destabilizes public schools. “And when a family chooses a private school, in reality it is the school and not the family that makes the choice.”
In addition, Weingarten says, many private schools can — and do — discriminate against students because they’re exempt from federal civil rights laws.
A longtime Michigan school choice advocate and GOP mega-donor, DeVos has championed both public- and private-school choice, saying the ability of families to pick a school that suits their child is an elemental right.
During her Senate confirmation hearing last January, she asked lawmakers, “Why, in Union boss skewers Betsy DeVos on vouchers, calls them to 'cousins' of segregation:

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