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November 18, 2017

DeVos Won’t Publicize a School Voucher Downside, But It’s Leaking Out Anyway

US ed sec Betsy DeVos is willing to exploit individual stories to promote school choice. She wants to sell school choice no matter what, and she conceals any downside to that choice. Consider this story from Chalkbeat. It concerns a couple whose son DeVos used as an example of the wonders of school choice for […]

November 6, 2017

USDOE Has Not Updated DeVos’ Schedule in Three Weeks.

NOTE: USDOE finally updated DeVos’ schedule– for the week of November 06, 2017– on November 08, 2017– midweek. _______________________________________________________________________________________ The US Department of Education (USDOE) has a page that allows the public to access US ed sec Betsy DeVos’ schedule a week at a time. However, when I clicked on the link on November 06, […]

November 1, 2017

Will Betsy DeVos Make It a Year as US Ed Sec?

It’s a good question. Based upon an extensive article published on November 01, 2017, in Politico, Raw Story writes that talk of a DeVos ed-sec exit is in the air: President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is “one of the most ineffective people ever to hold the job,” say some insiders, and education officials are […]

October 21, 2017

Betsy DeVos Comes Clean: A Fiction

One of US ed sec Betsy DeVos’ preferred phrases is “let me be clear.” She has used the phrase in numerous speeches/public responses (see here and here and here and here). However, I wonder what DeVos would say if she actually decided to be clear concerning her motivations in promoting two stock DeVosian ideas: 1) decision […]

October 15, 2017

An Interview With Yohuru Williams about Betsy DeVos

Yohuru Williams and I both attended the Fourth Annual Meeting of the Network for Public Education (NPE), held in Oakland, California. Williams is the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at St. Thomas University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is also a committed, passionate advocate for the preservation of American public education.   Yohuru Williams […]

October 14, 2017

Betsy DeVos’ WA Speech: More Food Analogies

On October 13, 2017, US ed sec Betsy DeVos spoke to the Washington Policy Center (WPC), a right-wing think tank that supports charters and vouchers and therefore strongly supports the likes of DeVos as “the nation’s leading proponent of school choice.” DeVos delivered a speech that included many of what has become her stock speech […]

October 11, 2017

Oregon Rep. Suzanne Bonamici on DeVos’ Visit to McMinnville Public High School

On October 11, 2017, US Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, visited a public high school, McMinnville High School (Oregon) as per her own request. The day prior to her visit, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR)– a former public school student and current member of the House Ed Committee– published the following statement regarding DeVos’ then-upcoming visit: […]

October 6, 2017

Betsy DeVos’ Twitter Popularity Is Upside-Down.

US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is well on her way to becoming the most unpopular secretary of education since the office was established in its own right in 1979, and that is saying a lot given that American public education had to put up with seven years of Arne Duncan. In the days after […]

October 1, 2017

VIDEO: Betsy DeVos’ “Conversation” at Harvard

On September 28, 2017, US ed sec Betsy DeVos spoke at Harvard’s Kennedy School at what appeared to be a welcoming venture for a woman who actively campaigns against traditional public education in favor of a business-model vending of educational-styled options: a two-day conference entitled, “The Future of School Choice: Helping Students Succeed.” DeVos delivered […]

September 21, 2017

US Ed Sec Betsy DeVos Pays for Own Travel, But Not for Her Beefed-up Security

On September 21, 2017, the Associated Press reported (linked here via the Los Angeles Times) that US Secretary of Education, billionaire Betsy DeVos, is using her own personal plane for those visits that she is making on behalf of her federal ed department, including her habitual visits to schools that are not traditional public schools. […]