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Re: “For More About Betsy DeVos' Priorities, Follow the Money

That she has supported Christian schools is not a strike against her as a person or as a philanthropist, but that she has no professional expertise in education or in the management of public school districts is a serious strike against her as a nominee for Secretary of Education.

Yes, some of our public districts in this country are troubled. From a real-world analysis point of view, it is important to remember that the public district system still educates 80-something percent of the population and no degree of investment in an under-regulated alternative sector where the existing institutions need greater oversight and transparency infrastructure than they currently have can throw up a system of high functioning schools quickly enough to provide reliable alternatives to everyone currently enrolled in public districts. If the head of the American Department of Education has a distaste for the public district school system and no expertise in how to work with existing districts to help them improve services to students, that is a serious problem. We don't need more test-and-punish style federal interaction with our schools, which benefits testing companies and the hedge fund managers backing charter chains, not the majority of the kids we are trying to educate in this country, who desperately need the services delivered in their neighborhood schools improved.

Where are the heroes in this sad drama? When you look at a district like TUSD, there are none. On one side of the fence you have people like Sanchez and his backers running a public district serving tens of thousands of students into the ground while their enablers in the media lie about or ignore or excuse their malfeasance, on the other side you have people like De Vos bringing ideological commitments that cannot possibly heal the wounds in our public district school system to the job of head of the federal department of education. De Vos's nomination does not bode well for TUSD or other districts that need HONEST analysis, reform and the right kind of support, not more malfeasant administrators and politicos benefiting from awarding their multi-million dollar contracts and not more top-down, federal scorched earth campaigns of test-and-punish.

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Posted by De Vos cannot fix our education system's problems. on 12/06/2016 at 6:59 AM

Re: “For More About Betsy DeVos' Priorities, Follow the Money

That she has long supported organizations which share her vision is a strong plus for her nomination. This stands in testament that she truly cares about education issues and sees a path forward to help. I wish we had more like her.

Her contributions to Christian organizations is another very positive factor in her character and character is sadly lacking in the whole of the current administration; indeed totally lacking. When we, as Tucson locals, give to our church on a regular basis, we too support similar intuitions, albeit in a small way. This is a very good thing.

A great choice by Donnie!

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Posted by Bisbee boy on 12/06/2016 at 5:52 AM

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