Trump Chooses Privatizer DeVos. NPE Will Fight with Your Support
Donald Trump’s choice of Betsy DeVos could not make the Trump/Pence plan any clearer–destroy public schools. You can read about that plan here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/11/20/trump-opposes-federal-involvement-in-education-but-do-his-plans-ensure-a-race-to-the-bank/.
Supporting privatization is exactly what the billionaire DeVos family has been doing in Michigan. Betsy DeVos, who is married to Amway heir, Richard DeVos, is an avid supporter of vouchers to private schools for every child, and for unregulated charter schools. The family foundation gives millions to oppose gay marriage, and to support vouchers and unregulated charter schools.
“DeVos and her husband played a role in getting Michigan’s charter school law passed in 1993, and ever since have worked to protect charters from additional regulation. When Michigan lawmakers this year were considering a measure that would have added oversight for charter schools in Detroit, members of the DeVos family poured $1.45 million into legislators’ campaign coffers — an average of $25,000 a day for seven weeks. Oversight was not included in the final legislation. The DeVos influence is one reason that Michigan’s charter sector is among the least regulated in the country. Roughly 80 percent of charters in Michigan are run by private companies, far more than in any other state.”
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