President Trump’s pick for education secretary will be flunked, if Chuck Schumer has his way. The senate’s top Democrat will be voting against Betsy DeVos.
The popular, longtime NY congressman is not one to mince words. In fact, Schumer was quite blunt when speaking about Betsy DeVos:
“Betsy DeVos would single-handedly decimate our public education system if she were confirmed,” Schumer stated in a recent press release.
US News and World Report says that the nominee for education secretary comes from a prominent and powerful Michigan Republican family, and critics are quick to point out that DeVos offers zero experience. Her children have received private education, not public, and she has never attended or worked in the public school arena.
Ms. DeVos didn’t fare well during her tough confirmation hearing recently, as Democrats challenged her ability in becoming the country’s education leader.
Critics claim that the numbers are there, showing that DeVos and her family have donated more than $200 million to United States Republicans. Ample donations have been made to many of the senators who will vote on her confirmation.
Congressman Schumer also cites DeVos’ investments in companies where she maintains a large stake and a refusal to divest from these holdings. He says she’s in it for herself and not the students.
Schumer is trying to spark controversy with the DeVos nomination, hoping that Republicans will feel the pressure and vote to block her appointment. Thus far, the GOP seems poised in supporting President Trump’s pick.
Trump finally made up his mind whom he wanted to be director of education, and the lot fell of Betsy DeVos. The final approval now lies with the Senate but the public is already expressing its disapproval of DeVos. Will she be able to convince the masses otherwise?
Ms. DeVos comes from a long history of establishing Charter Schools in the worse districts of Michigan. This was after identifying the educational gap within Detroit’s poor and struggling families, but she was not the only business minded person to spot the opportunity. Soon a plethora of Charter Schools sprouted on block after block leading to what was accurately defined as, ‘a great choice of schools, but no good choice to enroll in’.
Establishing the schools was the easy part, promoting quality education was the hard one. In record, Charter Schools are the worst performing academically in Detroit, and greater Michigan. We have a situation where an A-student from a charter school cannot identify a single cell found within the human body. The decline in charter school enrollment became so bad that the school owners resulted to issuing incentives to those who enrolled. Promises of free laptops or raffle tickets to win iPads became the norm.
This is a glimpse of the performance record that describes DeVos’ experience with the educational system. Word has it that she even had to pay off some Senators and arm-twist a few legal professionals just to get her name into the Trump’s list of considerations. Now that she is half way there, will she really deliver? In truth, she doesn’t need to move mountains to convince the masses, she only needs to address four key concerns of the education system in America.
First off, she has to ensure that the America public school system promotes the student’s well-being emotionally, physically, academically and socially. Secondly, she has to ensure the education system promotes powerful learning among the students, encouraging questioning and collaboration. Thirdly, she has to build the teacher capacity in public schools by enrolling more teachers and establishing teacher evaluation systems. Lastly, she has to ensure collaboration is promoted within the American education system, encouraging participation from community partners, educators and inter-school partnerships.