One thing is a given. When Jeb Bush says something is good for public schools, you need to get the women and children off the streets.
So when Bush hails Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, as “an outstanding pick for Secretary of Education”
public school teachers and administrators winch.
“Tallahassee, Fla – Today, Governor Jeb Bush, Chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education released the following statement.
“Betsy DeVos is an outstanding pick for Secretary of Education.
“She has a long and distinguished history championing the right of all parents to choose schools that best ensure their children’s success. Her allegiance is to families, particularly those struggling at the bottom of the economic ladder, not to an outdated public education model that has failed them from one generation to the next.”
But then, considering that DeVos is a board member of Bush’s Excellence in Education Foundation, what do you expect?
DeVos and her husband Dick are Michigan multimillionaires who have spent lavishly in support of school choice, vouchers, charters, etc. She is Chair of the American Federation for Children. She sent thousands of dollars to Alabama earlier this year to the Alabama Federation for Children to be spent on campaigns by Matt Brown and Justin Barkley for the state school board.
Go here for a much more in-depth look at Ms. DeVos. However, don’t bother to look for her experience as an educator since she has none. (Which means she has something in common with our new state superintendent of education Mike Sentance. And which must also mean that all the members of the Alabama state board of education must be excited about her appointment since they are the ones who chose Sentance.)
This selection is affirmation of something we see more and more. Education is the only profession in this country where experience is worthless.
It is also affirmation that the on-going attack on public schools in the U.S. will soon grain more firepower.