Gail Collins’ column this morning, The Trump War on Public Schools, begins this way:
“One of the most disturbing things about the Trump administration is its antipathy toward public schools. Perhaps you remember the president’s mini-rant in his inaugural speech about an ‘education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge.’ Well, Trump’s choice for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, is responsible for Michigan’s charter school boom, which currently costs the state about $1.1 billion a year… Thanks in large part to DeVos’s lobbying in the Legislature, there’s virtually no oversight. So much for the young and beautiful students.”
Collins quotes Senator Patty Murray, the ranking Democrat on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee—the committee that will vote on DeVos’s confirmation next Tuesday morning— expressing astonishment at the public outcry Senators are hearing about President Trump’s nomination of Betsy Devos to be our next Education Secretary. Then Collins adds: “It’s not particularly astonishing that a Democratic senator would hear complaints about a Republican president’s nominees. But it is sort of remarkable how much ire, wrath and terror this particular one is causing.”
Collins’ column this morning continues with a lucid, well organized summary of the reasons Betsy DeVos is unqualified to lead the U.S. Department of Education. Please read it. Then call your Senators again on Monday and tell them to vote “no” on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos.