Discussion: Trump To Name Betsy DeVos, School Vouchers Champion, As Education Secretary

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ANY, and I mean any and all nominees need to be blocked vigorously by the Dems. This family couldn’t be any more against ordinary Americans if she were an actual card carrying Nazi. They will hollow out public schools even more than they are now. This is the kind of scummy patronage that reflects on Rump.

We must, must not sign onto this. The DeVos family is anti worker, anti family, anti democracy - anti American.


Is she a member of the DeVos family who owns Amway?


You’re all thinking it, but let me be the first

Rarely is the question asked. Is our children learning

@jootjoint Sadly yes

In the 1980s, Betsey married Dick DeVos, an heir to the Amway fortune,


Vouchers are the “sanitized” way to segregate schools by subsidizing religious school tuition. It’s really happening, folks. If you’re not raging against the machine yet, now is the time. (edited to change desegregate to segregate)


I knew all along public school teachers and administrators were terrorists. Maybe now they can be put on a registry and denied boarding commercial aircraft.


Great! Another billionaire intent on creating charter schools all over the country and the hell with everyone else. This is going backwards in our education system. We will soon have education only for the wealthy.


Background and KSAs for the job. GOP professional shill doesn’t count.

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DeVos grew up in Holland, Michigan, the daughter of Elsa Zwiep Prince (later, Broekhuizen) and Edgar Prince, a self-made industrialist. Edgar was the founder of Prince Corporation, an automobile parts supplier based in Holland, Michigan, which at one time employed almost one-quarter of the population of the town. DeVos’ mother has been a philanthropist and has been active in conservative social causes, including support of an anti-gay marriage ballot proposal in California. DeVos’ brother, Erik Prince, founded Blackwater USA, a private security firm which had operations in Iraq.

DeVos was educated at the Holland Christian High School. She graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and political science. At Calvin College, DeVos was “involved with campus politics,” according to Philanthropy Magazine.


Based on her Wikipedia entry, it appears that DeVos has absolutely no professional education background. Her sole interface with education as a public policy matter seems to be that she has for quite a while been a major advocate for school choice–voucher systems and charter schools. She has no background in any other educational issues–curriculum, financing, funding for higher education, etc. That suggests a very narrow focus of Federal education policy on school choice which, of course, is nothing more than an attack on the concept of public education.

Of the various people that Trump has announced appointing or nominating, the only one who arguably has the necessary credentials and experience would be Pompeo at the CIA. A disturbing-but not surprising given who Trump is–trend towards unqualified people.


The problem is the GOP Congress outnumbers us.


So, reduce public education to lowly supported “bare bones / generic” plus all special-needs programs… and focus on supporting private schools - give it 20-30 years and the disparity between rich-elite and poor-ignorant will begin to be where the white supremacists wish

… but how do you use this approach to also screw the Asians? surely they are working on this …


Jeebus on a Triscuit. Amway parties in the White House.


All things considered, the Avon lady would be a step up.


[rings dinner bell] COME AND GET IT!!! SOOO-EEE!!! SOOO-EEE!!! Feeding time, you pigs!


The objective here is the elimination of public education and the creation of a permanent underclass.


Well, I was worried it could’ve been worse. He could’ve appointed Ted Nugent. Worse yet, this woman:


How appropriate that a woman who’s hubby got them rich off a pyramid scheme would now be in charge of robbing our public schools by shuffling money to private interests.

Why should she know anything about education? This training video on how to make money disappear will be the new curriculum for kids who want to emulate our new leaders.


American Federation for Children: The American Federation
for Children (AFC) and its Pennsylvania affiliates,
Students First PA and Students First PAC, are key players in
the effort to elect Pennsylvania legislators sympathetic to
the school privatization agenda. Chaired by Betsy DeVos,
the billionaire wife of Amway heir Dick DeVos, AFC was
created after another one of her pro-voucher organizations
was fined $5.2 million for violating Ohio’s campaign finance
laws in 2006; they still haven’t paid the fine. AFC’s
Pennsylvania affiliate, Students First PA, has spent $1.3 million
on lobbying in Pennsylvania on “restructuring education
institutions” between 2011 and 2014. Since 2010, the
Students First PAC has spent $7.5 million electing school
privatization candidates for Pennsylvania state office. Some
of those funds were laundered through an array of other
groups that spent in state legislative races in an apparent
effort to disguise the origins of the funds.


More on the DeVos family, including Betsy, on Mother Jones: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/01/devos-michigan-labor-politics-gop

“Betsy, who is 56, is the political junkie in the relationship. She got her start in politics as a “scatter-blitzer” for Gerald Ford’s 1976 presidential campaign, which bused eager young volunteers to various cities so they could blanket them with campaign flyers. In the '80s and '90s, Betsy climbed the party ranks to become a Republican National Committeewoman, chair numerous US House and Senate campaigns in Michigan, lead statewide party fundraising, and serve two terms as chair of the Michigan Republican Party. In 2003, she returned at the request of the Bush White House to dig the party out of $1.2 million in debt. A major proponent of education reform, Betsy serves on the boards of the American Federation for Children, a leading advocate of school vouchers, and Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education, which supports online schools.”

And more on what Wisconsin GOPers have done to public education in their state, with the help of DeVos: