Betsy Devos: Is she fit to be queen of education?

"We're eager to listen and learn from you, your ideas for how we can ensure that all of our kids have an equal opportunity for a high quality, great education", she told them.

Trump, Pence, and DeVos met with parents and teachers from various school settings, including private, public, Catholic, homeschool, and charter schools.

A recent school segregation report indicated 70% of D.C. students attend schools where 90-100% of their classmates are Black or Hispanic.

Jimmy Fallon took advantage of the incident on The Tonight Show Monday, bringing in a DeVos impersonator to make a public apology - with even more typos and mispronunciations. A lot of public schools already don't have enough money. She faced fierce opposition during the confirmation process from teachers unions who fear that she intends to defund traditional public schools.

And yet, we now have an ill-equipped education secretary who has publicly expressed her full support of tax dollars for private education. She encouraged those who felt strongly about the issue to contact their senators before the confirmation hearing. She instead has a strong dislike for public institutions, has led the movement for privatizing public schools and lobbied for charter schools in Detroit, Michigan.

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Though DeVos has only just begun her term as Secretary of Education, Pence clearly defines how the Trump administration hopes to approach public K-12 education in the United States: "Our children's futures should not be determined by their zip code", he said.

DeVos backed school reforms in MI in which favored for profit charter schools operators.

Barrera, in hindsight, said it was not the right time to invite DeVos.

SeattlePI.com noted that the federal Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services has consistently updated the site as new legislation is passed by Congress and IDEA is interpreted by the federal courts. This article stated that Democrats, labor unions and teachers' organizations are totally against her primarily because of her promotion of school choice.

"I think she is a bad pick because she advocates using school vouchers".

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Let's consider not being a teacher and no personal interaction with public schools: I'm positive the chairman of Ford Motor Co. couldn't assemble an automobile to save his life.

Trump said in a rally that he "loves the poorly educated" but made no promise to improve education. "Education is a public good".

"That's why I want every single disadvantaged child in America, no matter what their background or where they live, to have a choice about where they go to school", the president continued.

Government controls virtually all the schools in the country, therefore, by definition, they have that monopoly.

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