Betsy DeVos calls historically black colleges pioneers of school choice, sparks outrage

It should come as no surprise that he voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as the new secretary of education.

"HBCUs are real pioneers when it comes to school choice". This is, to a significant degree, driven by a right-wing Christian agenda that demands schools be used to build "God's kingdom", putting an end to secular public education as we know it.

Constituents like Ralph and Pamela Young of Quarryville, Lancaster County, who describe their experience with school choice, "The public school education we received was not adequate". It is the people involved and the resources available that matter.

"Immediately add an additional federal investment of $20 billion towards school choice".

Earlier this month, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as President Trump's Secretary of Education - by the narrowest of margins.

The cosmetology group has asked a federal judge to immediately halt a looming federal requirement that beauty schools warn current and prospective students that some of their programs failed to meet the Education Department's gainful employment standards. Almost 250,000 families have enrolled children in charter schools, and another 141,000 students are on waiting lists to attend charters. For example, two charter schools in New York State - Success Academy run by Eva Moskowitz and The Harlem Children's Zone run by Geoffrey Canada - have annual incomes of nearly $500,000.

The school-choice movement seeks to address educational disparities by allowing families to exercise a greater degree of choice in school selection. Charters operated outside the reach of the administrative bureaucracy and school boards and served students that traditional schools weren't able to properly educate such as dropouts and students with low motivation. These are the human conditions that all schools encounter. This choice was not easy to make or keep.

While per-student public funding follows kids to charters, traditional public schools still have fixed costs to cover, like building maintenance and faculty salaries.

Her confirmation marked a win for parents looking for greater "school choice" - the ability to pluck a child from his or her public school and get a subsidy to place them in a private, charter, or home school instead.

There is already some evidence of this happening. But those same test scores appear to indicate that private schools are bigger "failures" than the public schools the students left. The Secretary of Education is the head of the Department of Education, which is a federal (keyword being “federal”) department whose objective is to “establish policy for, administer and coordinate most federal assistance to education, collect data on USA schools, and to enforce federal educational laws regarding privacy and civil rights.”.

Both ideology and money drive the school choice and charter school movement. Days later, teachers at the same school lashed out at DeVos for remarks she made in an interview suggesting they were waiting to be told what to do.

The Education Department's National Report Card showed that close to two-thirds of our children are not proficient in reading or math, and there are still large achievement gaps between white and minority students and between the rich and poor. "I will have conversations with anyone and everyone to ensure that the work we're doing here is being celebrated and recognized, and we'll see what time will bring". The authors determined that even when the school-choice model produces higher-performing schools in lower-income communities, housing values in these neighborhoods rise, pricing local families out of their homes. Her research examines the practice and effectiveness of solution-focused brief therapy with children and adolescents.

  • Larry Hoffman