Put this one down in the “no surprise” column that the Business Council of Alabama has signed on as a Betsy DeVos supporter.
Below is the content of a letter done by Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education and signed by politicians and groups around the country. (Though I did not see the names of any educators or legitimate education entities.)
Betsy DeVos is an undisputed champion of families and students. For nearly 30 years she has devoted time and resources to improving education options for our nation’s children. Yet millions still languish in failing schools in an education system more than a century old. It’s time for a new vision.
Betsy DeVos provides that vision. She embraces innovation, endorses accountability and—most especially—trusts parents to choose what is in their unique child’s best interests. She also believes in providing every parent with the resources and choices to pursue those decisions.
On this week, National School Choice Week, we the undersigned endorse this champion of choice and the education reforms needed to improve the future of every child in America. And we strongly advocate for her confirmation as our next U.S. Secretary of Education.
BCA has been the major contributor to state school board campaigns in the last two election cycles. They were one of the supporters of the “school choice” rally held recently in Montgomery. They created the Business Education Alliance which claims, falsely, that schools should be run like businesses.
Another signee to this rambling platitude is the Alabama Federation for Children. (Which also supported the “choice” rally.) This is an affiliate of the American Federation for Children, which DeVos chaired for a number of years. Who is part of this “federation?” No one knows. There is no info on their web site indicating officers, a governing board, etc.
All we know for sure is that this group has brought in $450,000 from out-of-state millionaires and billionaires since 2014 to spend on school board and legislative races. DeVos herself sent $125,000.
And since you don’t bite the hand that feeds you, this endorsement is to be expected.
I expect DeVos will be confirmed by the U.S. Senate right down party lines. Which means the 52 Republican Senators will prevail.
And which proves once again that children are no more than the rope in a political tug of war.