Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Education Students Respond to Betsy DeVos Confirmation

Roland Mccarthy | 13 February, 2017, 14:59

In a statement issued later that afternoon, Devos said while she respect peaceful protests, she "will not be deterred in executing the vital mission of the department of education".

Protesters on Friday blocked new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at a Washington, DC, schoolhouse door - a new low in left-wing "activism".

DeVos, a MI billionaire philanthropist, is a national figure on the cause of giving vouchers to parents so they can choose whether to send their kids to private or public schools.

A D.C. Public Schools spokesperson called the meeting with DeVos "productive". Is this a sign that she's finally gotten over her aversion to public schools? She was met, instead, with protestors who barred her entry, reported CNN. DeVos was confirmed with Vice President Mike Pence providing the tie-breaking vote. Her total lack of any qualifications at all is much more of a hindrance to the Department of Education than some protesters.

Trump advisor KellyAnne Conway tweeted: "Don't we want the Sec of Education to visit schools?"

"Be careful what you wish for, it may come true", my grandmother would say.

Retional Schools Superintendent Mark Jontry believed many would have liked to see someone with more of an education background appointed.

Think of your younger siblings, your nieces, your nephews, your cousins or even your friends' children - these are the individuals most affected by DeVos's decisions and the ones most at risk for the consequences of education-related laws made in Washington and at the state level.

Many on the left, such as the Daily Kos, actually applauded the spectacle of these goons trying to keep a woman from doing her job.

DeVos was one of Trump's most controversial appointments.

North Dakota students, teachers, and parents deserve better.

Meanwhile, public education partisanship has radicalized apace.

However, the Kansas Policy Institute said it is optimistic about DeVos.

National and worldwide student tests indicate Obama's program called Race to the Top was more almost a slide in the other direction, but now we have DeVos, surely no miracle worker but a common-sense crusader who just may work with states to accomplish sensible goals.

We want education to unite us as Americans, not divide us.

"If asked (Superintendent Raquel Reedy) would engage the Board of Education, schools, students, families and entire community before responding", Albuquerque Public Schools spokeswoman Monica Armenta told The Associated Press.

Some city education leaders expressed support for DeVos, including Eva Moskowitz, the CEO of Success Academy.

There are good reasons for protesters to be to opposing DeVos.

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