Insiders and education officials consider Betsy DeVos, Trump’s secretary of education, as “one of the most ineffective people ever to hold the job.” They are already beginning to plan a “post-Devos landscape” for when she is removed or steps down from her position.
DeVos has learned the hard way in order to get bring change in Washington, it requires “time, patience and government savvy.” However, those are three things she does not have.
DeVos is on a “religiously infused journey to reimagine the relationship between government, parents, teachers, and schools.”
Her goal is for parents to have more freedom so they can enroll their kid in charter school, religious schools, and private schools. In other words, she wants federal tax dollars to be used on these kids even though they won’t be enrolled in public school.
However, the problem with her plan is that public schools receive only a small amount of funding from the federal government. Also, her plan is unpopular and ineffective.
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She tried asking Congress to pass her “school choice” proposal but failed. This is where funding for other initiatives would be slashed and the money would be reapportioned to her goal of letting parents choose different types of schools for their children.
DeVos has also not filled senior staff positions.
According to Thomas Toch of FutureEd, an education think tank, “She can talk about bureaucracy and how constraining it is for her, but a Republican-controlled Congress rejected her budget proposals. She can’t fill her senior staff slots. Morale is terrible at the department.”
He continued, “And I’ll tell you, in Washington education circles, the conversation is already about the post-DeVos landscape, because the assumption is she won’t stay long. And for my money, I don’t think it would be a bad thing if she left. I think she’s been probably one of the most ineffective people to ever hold the job.”
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