Betsy DeVos, what comes to mind when I hear the name is school vouchers, mass donations to pro-voucher causes, and a fundamental hatred of public schools. But if you ask BetsyDeVos.com, she is a “proven leader, an innovator, a disruptor and an and an advocate. She donated to Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, but eventually decided to back Marco Rubio. In March 2016, DeVos described Donald Trump as an “interloper” and said that he does “not represent the Republican Party.”
Despite her less than kind words about now President Donald Trump, she was nominated for Secretary of Education on November 23rd, 2016. She was called an “outstanding pick” by Jeb Bush, the former Florida Governor.
She is best known for her support of school vouchers. School vouchers are a way of funding someone’s education by taking the amount of money that would be used to educate them in a public school, and let them take it to anywhere, whether it be a public or a private school. School vouchers are said to increase the quality of education because they increase the competition between schools, making it more important for them to be more exceptional than without vouchers.
School vouchers, the pros
- Increased competition and options for students. With school vouchers, parents can choose where their kids go to school. This is contrary to a public school system where, depending on where you live, you are assigned to a certain school.
- School vouchers allow lower-income students the right to a high quality education. Private schools are usually only available for student’s coming from families that have more money. This creates an inequality in which students, depending on their family’s socioeconomic status, are put at an advantage or a disadvantage.
- Voucher programs lead to better public schools. This all comes back to competition, it incentivizes education. Research shows that public schools nearby voucher schools became significantly better than comparable public schools. Voucher programs bring about both higher test scores and higher graduation rates.
School vouchers, the cons
- School vouchers flagrantly violate the separation between church and state. They are really just another way for conservatives to fund religious education, since most private schools are religion-based. More than 80% of the private schools in the Milwaukee voucher program, for example, are religious schools. There is nothing wrong with sending your child to a religious school, but it is wrong to do it on the taxpayers dime.
- Voucher programs don’t work. The main argument for vouchers is that they give students a higher quality education than they would have gotten at underperforming public schools. Research tells us otherwise, however. Studies of the federally funded DC voucher program show there is no conclusive evidence that vouchers actually had an effect on student achievement. Studies of the longest running school voucher program in the country, the Milwaukee voucher program, showed that public school students performed better at every grade level than voucher students on statewide reading and math tests.
- Vouchers may be successful at the moment, but in the long term, they harm our public schools. Private schools are more exclusive than public schools, they will never have enough spots to hold every child. Allowing a select few students to attend private schools will harm most students, students who are in public school. It takes away essential public funds and hands them over to private schools, who are 8 times out of 10 affiliated with a religion.
Two GOP Senators To Vote No On DeVos
Senator Susan Colins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), announced today that they would be voting no on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. They are the first Republican senators to defy one of Trump’s cabinet picks. This paves the way for a 51-50 vote in the senate, meaning the Vice President Mike Pence would break the tie.
I expect her to be confirmed, you can take that to the bank.
The above quote was from Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), on Wednesday talking about the confirmation of Betsy DeVos.
I have 100 percent confidence she will be the next secretary of Education, the games being played with Betsy DeVos are sad.
-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer at a briefing on Wednesday.
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