Betsy DeVos Confirmed as Education Secretary - page 2

DeVos confirmed!!!!!!!!! :yes: Good!!!!!!!!!!!! Time to shake up our failing school system in this country. Time to put Math and Science ahead of who uses which bathroom. Time for... Read More

  1. by   elkpark
    Quote from nursej22
    If charter and private schools can pick and choose who may attend, then there is the possibility of higher needs kids not getting what they need for success because the money has gone to schools that ignore scientific facts.
    Not a "possibility," a certainty.
  2. by   herring_RN
    Under DeVos, Here's How School Choice Might Work
    A key Senate committee voted Tuesday to approve the nomination of Betsy DeVos, a school choice activist and billionaire Republican donor, to be secretary of education, despite the fierce objections of Senate Democrats, teachers unions and others. There's much speculation as to exactly how she might carry out President Trump's stated priority of increasing school choice.
    A significant clue comes from the American Federation for Children, the advocacy organization DeVos chaired until she was nominated.
    AFC supports both publicly funded charter schools and even more so, "private school choice" — publicly sponsored programs that give families money to spend on tuition at private schools.
    Last fall, AFC issued a report ranking the existing private school choice programs. There are 50 of them, located in 25 states and Washington, D.C., by AFC's count.
    AFC included only those programs that explicitly allow students to attend religious schools.
    DeVos, whose family has long supported causes associated with the Christian religious right, has publicly called education reform a way to "advance God's kingdom."
    Under Betsy DeVos, Here's How School Choice Might Work : NPR Ed : NPR
  3. by   Markperry
    Quote from nursej22
    I am worried about tax dollars being siphoned-off to for-profit, non-regulated entities. If charter and private schools can pick and choose who may attend, then there is the possibility of higher needs kids not getting what they need for success because the money has gone to schools that ignore scientific facts.

    Free, public education has been one of the great successes of our country, sad to see it turned into a profit center for capitalists, under the guise of "choice."

    Free Public Education, Now that is funny.

    I pay almost $8,000 per year, or almost $700 per month school tax where I live and I have no kids.

    Tell me again about this "Free" Education
  4. by   Markperry
    Quote from Extra Pickles
    So we now have a Secretary of Education who has never attended public schools, has never worked in any public schools anywhere, and does not send her children to public schools.
    Perhaps that is a good thing, she can bring in a different point of view.
  5. by   Markperry
    Quote from Tweety
    In my lifetime, I've seen the dumbing down of America. There was a time when we were the most educated. Now we've lost ground and aren't even in the top ten. It's not a conservative idea to promote math and science. In fact Republicans int some areas have shown otherwise. However, if math and science are being promoted by her, I'm willing to listen.
    Exactly, What I have found is people who are unwilling to accept change or people who are unwilling to take risk are either too old or too scared.

    All the successful people I know have been risk takers, They were open to change.
  6. by   Tweety
    Quote from Markperry
    Exactly, What I have found is people who are unwilling to accept change or people who are unwilling to take risk are either too old or too scared.

    All the successful people I know have been risk takers, They were open to change.

    Agree, but this campaign wasn't about change it was about "make America great again". It was based on fear of change. Let's go backwards.

    Or is it "let's change, but let's not change that way, let's change my way which is better". Kind of like " we need healthcare, just not that healthcare" LOL
  7. by   Markperry
    Quote from Tweety
    Agree, but this campaign wasn't about change it was about "make America great again". It was based on fear of change. Let's go backwards.

    Or is it "let's change, but let's not change that way, let's change my way which is better". Kind of like " we need healthcare, just not that healthcare" LOL
    Make America Great again for me was to get pride back in the USA. Like when we finally got national pride back in the USA after Jimmy Carter during the Reagan area.

    And make the USA strong via the Military, and have a booming economy.

    That is what MAGA meant to me.
  8. by   elkpark
    Quote from Markperry
    Make America Great again for me was to get pride back in the USA. Like when we finally got national pride back in the USA after Jimmy Carter during the Reagan area.

    And make the USA strong via the Military, and have a booming economy.

    That is what MAGA meant to me.
    Sorry to hear that you haven't been proud of your (?) country all these years, but that sounds like a personal problem to me, rather than any objective problems the country has. Many of us are proud of our country. The military is strong, and the envy of most of the rest of the world. While the economy is not "booming," it has been making a steady comeback over the last eight years, since the last Republican administration put us into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

    If you really want a "booming" economy, you should be voting for Democrats:

    Forbes Welcome

    Which Party Is Better for the Economy?

    https://www.princeton.edu/~mwatson/p...n_July2015.pdf

    I'm sorry to hear you think so poorly of our country and our military. I'm sure you are among the first to take offense when anyone else says anything about not being proud of the US.
  9. by   toomuchbaloney
    Trump also is not very proud of America, he speaks very harshly and critically about our country on nearly every occasion.

    Of course, I understand that he is trying to give people a very very dark view today so that tomorrow he can proclaim that he made it better and they can honestly say "yeah, things don't look so dark anymore".
  10. by   Markperry
    Quote from elkpark
    Sorry to hear that you haven't been proud of your (?) country all these years, but that sounds like a personal problem to me, rather than any objective problems the country has. Many of us are proud of our country. The military is strong, and the envy of most of the rest of the world. While the economy is not "booming," it has been making a steady comeback over the last eight years, since the last Republican administration put us into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

    If you really want a "booming" economy, you should be voting for Democrats:
    I would of voted Democrat if they would of put up a better choice and candidate, I voted for Bill Clinton. I was just tired of seeing the way the US was headed and Hillary just represented the same ole same ole again.
  11. by   herring_RN
    I'm sorry some have lost their pride in our country.
    I have been and remain proud of our country.
    I will do all I can to help us continue being great.
    I posted this elsewhere yesterday, but love to post it here too. Tweety: Could the video be Florids?
    It is Conservative Republican genius flat-picker North Carolina's Doc Watson and liberal Pete Seeger (And other greats) communicating in the universal language of music. Both Americans have provided joy to those of us blessed to hear them in their ninty plus years.
  12. by   Lil Nel
    Quote from toomuchbaloney
    The Blaze is reporting that a GOP bill has already been introduced to abolish or dismantle the federal department of education. Perhaps DeVos was chosen precisely because she has no love for the department that they want her to take down.

    I guess this is what poor angry white folks in rural America want - no public schools.
    No obligation for the schools to provide for children with learning disabilities.
    No transparency.
    No accountability.

    Senator Dan Sullivan in Alaska wouldn't answer phone calls, did not clear voice messages so that option was quickly unavailable, did not respond to email or snail mail. He isolated himself from the will of his constituents completely in this matter. Senator Murkowski responded to our calls and voted NO on this ridiculous candidate. She should, however, have NEVER let such an unqualified person get past the committee to the full Senate.
    Yep. This is true, unfortunately. A Kentucky Congressman, Thomas Massey, introduced it (I believe). The thing to know about Massey, is that he is a right-wing Tea Party person.

    If public education is left to the states, well, the poor, unfortunate children living in Kentucky.
  13. by   toomuchbaloney
    Quote from Lil Nel
    Yep. This is true, unfortunately. A Kentucky Congressman, Thomas Massey, introduced it (I believe). The thing to know about Massey, is that he is a right-wing Tea Party person.

    If public education is left to the states, well, the poor, unfortunate children living in Kentucky.
    I believe that many tea party legislators have a very simplistic, even childish notion of the federal government.

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