Betsy DeVos is a Crusader For Charter Schools

On February 7, 2017, the US Senate narrowly confirmed Betsy DeVos as the Trump Administration’s Secretary of Education. The confirmation vote ended in a 50 to 50 tie. In his capacity as President of the Senate, then Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding vote. Having no background in either government or education made Mrs. DeVos a controversial choice to head the department of education.


A Brief Bio


Married to Dick DeVos, an heir to the Amway fortune Betsy DeVos hails from the western part of Michigan. Eric Prince Mrs. DeVos’ father was a billionaire auto-parts magnate. A former chair of the Michigan Republican Party, Besty DeVos, frequently demonstrated a willingness to throw herself and her resources into advancing the Republican agenda. DeVos is a staunch advocate for replacing public schools with charter schools.


Betsy DeVos On Education


A municipality administers public schools, and a private organization oversees charter schools. Under Mrs. DeVos’ plan, charter schools will operate free of government oversight and achievement standards. DeVos advocates for taxpayer dollars supporting charter, private, and religious schools. Supporters argue that charter schools give low-income families greater control over their children’s education and foster competition that will force schools to improve. Detractors insist that charter schools are a right-wing attempt to abolish the public school system.


Charter Schools In Detroit


Owing in part to the efforts of Betsy DeVos, Detroit has the most charter schools in the US. In describing the Detroit Public School system, the word “broken” comes up frequently. Yet, charter schools in the city have thus far performed little better than public schools. Its critics use the adjective “chaotic” in defining how Detroit’s charter school system operates. In some parts of Detroit, the supply of charter schools exceeds the demand.


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