Betsy DeVos’ confirmation today was a historical blow to not only the Democrats but to the American people. Nearly every Senator including every Republican who didn’t shut off their email or phone services, by thousands upon thousands (if not millions) of Americans asked them to vote no on DeVos.
The Department of Education has been a separate functioning cabinet post since President Jimmy Carter in 1979. The leadership at the time believed the Department was too important to run as a subgroup of another post. While the DOE has had it’s fair share of issues, it has been the life-force for millions of students who otherwise would not have access to the education or resources they received under the DOE.
The DOE holds school corporations and teachers accountable, helps fund educational services, and enforces laws protecting educational services for all.
Common Core, a policy that was not authorized by the federal government or the DOE but rather the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and each state’s DOE. Actively enforced in 42 states, 4 U.S. Territories and the DODEA (Department of Defense Educational Activity) – but has been highly disparaged by educators and the public.
What does DeVos advocate?
DeVos, who spent millions of her family’s wealth buying Senator’s votes, will advocate a voucher system for student education of their parent’s choice – enhancing Charter schools, and defunding public education. Which means that education which up until this point has been a public service of sorts now will need families to spend money that they don’t have. Most affected will in turn be inner city students, minorities or low-income families. Also, some experts claim that it will impact rural communities significantly because there are fewer options for rural families. Homeschooling could be an option for some students but for families where both parents work or living in a single-parent home this option will not do.
All while this seems quite unsettling, A Republican Congressman, U.S. Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY),introduced a bill to abolish the Department of Education (at the federal level) on the same day as DeVos’ confirmation. His intentions were to hand over total control to states, which I feel may almost be a better suited issue to pursue than have DeVos directing the Federal DOE.
My personal view on DeVos –
DeVos, who has made her billions by inheritance and working on boards of student loan collection agencies. She has advocated against science. She has donated money to Republican candidates and freely admitted to not only expecting confirmation but demanded it because of the money that she spent helping them get elected. She has no experience and is out of touch with educational needs in America.