Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) shares his Letter to the Editor on Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick for U.S. Secretary of Education, which was originally published in The Star Ledger on January 31:
If confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos would pose a direct threat to the very education system that she is supposed to protect. It’s not that DeVos has no experience with public schools (although she has never even attended a public school), but that she supports gutting public education funding in favor of charter school expansion with no oversight and accountability. The president of Michigan’s State Board of Education warned against DeVos’ nomination, saying that her “agenda is to break the public education system, not educate kids, and replace it with a for-profit model.” DeVos is a leading proponent of voucher programs, which drain public schools of necessary funding and lead to worse outcomes for students, especially the most disadvantaged.
DeVos is committed to supporting education policies that would dismantle our nation’s public school system and replace it with a for-profit model. Her nomination would make it harder for all students to receive a high-quality education and attain educational success.