NYC charter school group condemns Betsey DeVos in essay

A record of performance should matter.

Earlier this week, Democrats urged Republicans to schedule a second hearing for them to ask DeVos more questions now that all of her paperwork has been released by the Office of Government Ethics. The American people deserve better. “During my one-on-one meeting with Mrs. DeVos, the first thing I stressed to her was the importance of the IDEA program and parental involvement in the Individualized Education Program process”. She is an outsider, she is solution oriented, and she is the kind of leader who will shake up Washington.

President-elect Donald Trump and Betsey DeVos pose outside Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

She also said that she wants to seek ways to expand educational opportunities for students with disabilities, a position in line with her longtime advocacy for charter schools and private-school vouchers.

The result has been an epic failure. “She is not fit to serve the children of the U.S”. Detroit schools hit bottom neither once nor twice but four times in a row – in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

By comparison, 74 percent of students in Miami Dade achieved fourth-grade reading proficiency and 86 percent were proficient in math. “And in our rural communities, there’s no private schools”.

“By embracing someone as unqualified as Ms. DeVos, charter advocates are conveying a risky message that will haunt us for years to come: our political interests trump our educational ones”, Zimmerman wrote in the essay.

She questioned DeVos’s commitment to this goal by asking her about her support for privatizing public schools, her contribution to groups that oppose workers, helping students attending higher education her willingness to continue to protect TITLE IX to stop campus sexual assaults, and protecting the basic civil rights of all students regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. On the contrary, the last two education secretaries under former President Barack Obama, John King Jr. and Arne Duncan, had several years of prior experience working in the education field, having served as New York Commissioner of Education and Superintendent of Chicago Public Schools respectively. We’re over-testing our students and losing millions of dollars because of an antiquated property tax collection system. In spite of the financial support for the expansion, charter schools have proven ineffective. This learning environment is critical in joining us all together as equals and citizens in one nation. She was the New Jersey Teacher of the Year in 2010 and a teaching ambassador fellow with the U.S. Department of Education in 2011.

That was on display at a committee meeting Tuesday, where Rep. Jim Davnie, of Minneapolis, peppered Cristo Rey Jesuit High School officials with questions about whether they would accept students living in the USA illegally if Trump repeals Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, commonly known as DACA, that allows certain people who entered the United States illegally as minors to receive deferred action for deportation. But that is rarely the case in DeVos’s neighborhood: A 2014 investigation of MI charter schools by the Detroit Free Press found extravagant spending, rampant double-dipping, corrupt and self-dealing board members, and substandard schools that were shielded from accountability.

DeVos fails in all of these areas. He said he is concerned about the future of North Carolina public schools, and wanted to ask Burr to reconsider. I am saddened that DeVos espouses a deep and well documented hatred for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender Americans, which is matched only by her investment in anti-LGBT organizations and causes, such as Focus on the Family and Exodus International, pro-conversion therapy groups.

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