Thursday, December 22, 2016

Betsy Devos, Trump's public school wrecking ball

(Illustration by Gino Barzizza for The Indypendent)

I have a piece in this month's Indypendent on the threat to our public schools posed by Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's pick to head the US Department of Education.  I also suggest what positive and negative lessons can be learned from the last election, and what needs to be done to protect our schools from being defunded and dismantled.   It concludes this way:

With both houses in Congress in Republican hands, we will have a fierce battle on our hands to withstand the destructive impulses of Trump and DeVos. Aiding them will be a flood of money poured into lobbying campaigns by billionaires, Wall Street financiers, edu-entrepreneurs, and religious institutions, all eager to divert taxpayer funds into private hands and dismantle our public schools.  Public school parents, teachers, and advocates must be smart and work together to withstand this assault.

Please check it out!

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