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What Betsy DeVos Means When She Says ‘Public Schools’


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What Betsy DeVos Means When She Says ‘Public Schools’

Jeff Bryant

Betsy DeVos once called public schools a “dead end,” but now that she’s U.S. Secretary of Education, she’s suddenly all for them.

At least that’s what she claims now.


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Private schools are for profit. Since when do taxpayers pay forced money to a profit corporation? Only in the land of corruption.


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Still waiting for a honest answer from DeVos, in reply to Bernie asking her whether she would be in the position she is today, had her family not contributed Hundreds of Millions of Dollars to the Republican Party.

A Billionaire being honest with the Populace?

Especially when it would get in the way of their getting what they want?

Which in this case is the Destruction of a means with which our Tax Dollars are used to equally teach our children how to Think Critically, and learn Factual Science, History, Economics and their Rights, and Place, in a Democratic Government.


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Public to her means using public vouchers to take money FROM the taxpayers and funnel it to profits via vouchers for private and religious schools.


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If a school can deny admittance to someone who lives in its district, then there is no way that it can be called a public school. And if the parents are taxpayers in the district which the school represents, then it is even worse.


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What is not talked about is all the additional fees charged by "charter schools" for services that come with REAL public school attendance in the public schools that can afford them: art supplies, athletic equipment & uniforms. school bus transport, musical instruments (in schools that still have music classes/activities for students), etc. that unsuspecting parents with limited incomes are faced with after their children are enrolled. These parents are also not forewarned that the charters may close their doors with little-to-no notice leaving them hunting for public schools to take on their children, which places an unplanned financial burden on the public schools, their teachers and staff. Nor do the parents realize that many of the "teachers" are not certified/licensed nor qualified to be teaching any class regardless of the statutes in the states where they reside. States do not vet the charter school teachers/staff on a regular basis. In my state, charter schools were recently allowed thanks to all the money poured into the initiative (on the second go-round) by the hedge funds that own any number of charter school corporations and the first school that was up and running was audited by the state in its first year and found to have overstated their budget by a quarter million dollars and had to pay back the state. Ongoing regulatory oversight of these "private schools paid for with public funds" costs the school districts and the states money and time, which are additional financial/staffing burdens.

WTF does a "club" woman whose life has been spent putting on political fundraisers attended by her fellow million-cum-billionaires bent on conspicuous consumption and brazen shows of their wealth know about public ANYTHING, let alone education? Zero, zippo, zilch.