President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Betsy DeVos to head the U.S. Department of Education. As AU Executive Director Barry W. Lynn put it, this appointment “is an insult to public education.”
DeVos, an activist in Michigan Republican politics, has no background working in public education. In fact, it’s likely she doesn’t even support that concept. DeVos has spent most of her professional career running an organization that seeks to create voucher plans. Her focus has always been on private schools, not public ones.
There has been a lot of speculation about how President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to run the U.S. Department of Education, Betsy DeVos, might affect the issue of private school vouchers.
DeVos is known primarily for her advocacy of vouchers, and Trump has backed a nationwide plan with a staggering price tag of $20 billion. Many people are rightly alarmed.
But there’s another education-related issue we ought to be concerned about as well: creationism.
Today, president-elect Donald Trump tapped Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education in his administration.
President-elect Donald J. Trump has named Betsy DeVos, chair of the Alliance for School Choice, a group that promotes private school vouchers, to serve as Secretary of Education. Having the Department of Education run by a secretary who has devoted her career to privatizing public education is greatly troubling, says Americans United.
On Friday, The Washington Post reported that the U.S. Department of Education will begin collecting data this year to track religiously motivated discrimination or bullying allegations from students.
“Students of all religions should feel safe, welcome and valued in our nation’s schools,” Catherine E. Lhamon, the department’s assistant secretary for civil rights, said in an announcement.