Betsy DeVos Blocked From Entering Public School by Protestors
Feb 13 2017 by Alex Thomas
"(School choice) could ultimately destabilize the American public school system. According to Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press, Detroit now has the "largest urban network of charter schools" in the nation. "We will work with anybody when it comes to what's best for kids".
Since we're having to learn so many new terms under the current administration, I'd like to offer up a new one: Antiqualified.
Two days into her tenure as secretary of education, Betsy DeVos was blocked by protesters from entering a public school in Washington, D.C. on Friday morning. Maybe that's why they were willing to overlook the fact that educators in MI, where DeVos pumped money into the school choice voucher program she hopes to enact nationwide, are saying the program could destroy public schools. Is this going to convince her to participate in the proficiency vs. growth conversation she had clearly never been questioned on or interested in before? When Hoeven was presented with an opportunity to stand up for students and teachers, he placed his party before them. Parents want the best education for their students.
Over the past few weeks my office has received nearly 4,600 phone calls, emails, and letters from North Dakotans about Cabinet-level nominees.
Charter school advocate Betsy DeVos won confirmation as education secretary Tuesday by the slimmest of margins, pushed to approval only by the historic tie-breaking vote of Vice President Mike Pence. She's been one of my biggest supporters since day one.
Elizabeth Davis, the president of the Washington Teacher's Union, said that the demonstration was not actually a protest of DeVos but a "vigil" in support of teachers and the public school system. She believes public money ought to be made available to private charter schools to give students and parents options.
Several dozen protestors gathered outside the school shouting "we fight back!"
What I heard during DeVos' hearing was deeply troubling, and bipartisan agreement on that has grown. Her opponents, including many teachers, deluged congressional phone lines to implore their senators to vote against her.
Ari Schwartz, 26, a non-profit worker, held a poster in which a picture of a teddy bear was juxtaposed with a photo of Devos.
Signs promoted public schools. They help guarantee all North Dakota students can achieve anything-including becoming a US senator.
"This could incentivize creaming", Walsh says, "where schools try to selectively cancel out students with learning disabilities or students with low test scores". "And we do not want any of our schools to become experiments of privatization schemes".