Betsy’s “F”

The Alliance to Reclaim our Schools (AROS) is out with a Report Card for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Turns out, she’s not doing so well. In fact, they assign her a grade of “F.”

Here’s more on why:

To assess the Secretary’s leadership, we reviewed the U.S. Department of Education’s mission and purpose statements, and identified four specific roles in public K12 education on which to review her work.

In each area, it is clear that the Secretary, far from leading the agency to fulfil its mission, is taking us in exactly the opposite direction. This is not based on incompetence, but on a fundamental disdain for the historic role of the federal government in ensuring access and equity to public education for all children.

We give Education Secretary Betsy DeVos an “F” for failing to pursue the mission of the U.S. Department of Education.  Our Report Card, and an explanation of the assessment follow.

And:

  • In her budget proposal, released last May, DeVos called for $9.2 billion in cuts for the Department of Education.

  • Among the programs targeted for elimination was the only federal funding source devoted exclusively for before- and after-school programs, drug and violence-prevention programs and more.

  • Federal support for community schools—schools that provide additional health and social services for low-income students and their families—was targeted for elimination.

  • A $2.1 billion program to lower class size and provide professional development for teachers was cut in the Secretary’s budget.

  • While these programs were cut, DeVos proposed an additional $150 million in funding for the federal Charter Schools Program, which helps drive the rapid expansion of charter schools across the country. This rapid expansion of a parallel system of privately-operated but publicly funded schools actually creates fiscal instability, drawing much-needed resources away from public schools.

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