Friday, 24 March, 2017

DeVos had a 'very unfair trial' during confirmation

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Bessie Robbins | 15 February, 2017, 05:50

Public school is largely about indoctrination, not education. Chris Murphy that the presence of grizzly bears justifies the presence of guns in schools. I just learned that Rubio received $98,300 in campaign contributions from DeVos, which explains why Rubio voted for her.

We think DeVos is the ideal person to approach the department in a way that will shrink the education department's footprint and untie some of the strings attached to the federal dollars that make up roughly 10 percent of states' school budgets. In spite of the reservations expressed by their constituents and the lack of Devos' qualifications, Sens.

It took Vice President Mike Pence's tie-breaking vote to push her over the finish line, after Democrats staged a 24-hour-long speech marathon as a stalling tactic. "They should not prevent her from doing her job that way". However, unlike public schools, charter schools accept public money without the same oversight as public schools. The unions' line on DeVos, during the debate on her nomination, was: Defeat the nomination or watch public education disappear. "My main fear is that there will be a move towards privatization which will only further disadvantage America's poorest students".

Public schools need more money than private schools.

"As somebody who studies educational policy, one of the things people need to realize is that good policy-making is really hard to do", said Sara Goldrick-Rab, a higher education professor.

The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation's donations have contributed to the growth of charter schools in MI, but the regulations governing these publicly-funded private schools do nothing to address conflicts of interest or for-profit schools.

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"Education must not simply teach work- it must teach life - W.E.B".

"I think you can have accountability without mandating so much of what has to be done", Seebeck said.

"What is of concern is funding and initiatives and support to strengthen public education that comes from a federal level and, if that isn't there, then I see some aspects of our public education locally suffering as a result overtime", Rudloff said.

"The fact that someone with no experience in public education other than working to subvert it is now going to be responsible for overseeing the education of our nation's children is truly distressing", he said. "Some do better, some do worse, but they tend to educate a more advantaged part of the population".

"Less federal oversight would allow states, counties, cities and towns to become more creative and perhaps innovative with respect to the public education of our children and young adults".

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