Billionaire Picks Billionaire to Attack Public Schools, Destroy Teacher Unions

BY JOHN K. WILSON

Donald Trump has nominated Betsy DeVos to be his Secretary of Education.

DeVos grew up as part of the wealthy Prince business family, and then married into the even wealthier DeVos (Amway) family. Her husband lost his run for governor and has pushed for right-to-work laws in Michigan. Inherited wealth is her primary qualification for the job, since it enabled her to rise in the Republican Party in Michigan, and to fund school choice groups.

Before the election, I noted that Trump’s one-paragraph plan for education (which still contains the two spelling errors and the run-on sentence I noticed at the time) was to attack public education by federal funding of religious and charter schools and homeschooling, even paying parents not to send their children to school.

No one actually knows much of anything about what DeVos thinks about higher education (and that probably includes Trump). She is being selected to push the “school choice” agenda and destroy the teacher unions, so the same goal is likely in higher education.

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