Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos knows she is riding on the coattails of one of the most controversial president’s in political history. Her Secretary of Education nomination didn’t go as well as expected. Vice President Pence had to break the tie, so she could start her plan to overhaul the public school system. Betsy has considerable experience turning public schools into charter schools in Michigan. Some Michiganites applaud her tenacity, and her desire to bring religion into her charter school program. But those people are in the minority.
Betsy doesn’t care what her political enemies say about her. She has Trump’s blessing. She is one of the cabinet members that pays her own way. And Trump likes people that pay their own way as well as disrupt the status quo.
Betsy is one of those people who shoots first in the political arena. Then she half-heartedly attempts to answer questions about her political marksmanship. Her question answering skills are not as on point as her ability to turn teacher unions against her.
DeVos isn’t a popular education secretary, but she is popular with the news media. Betsy gives the media the ammunition they need to show the country she is in over her head. In fact, there’s a petition circulating on the Internet that is pushing for her resignation. The people who sign the petition want LeBron James to replace her. Yep. The basketball great is a big public school supporter. His foundation recently funded a public school that focuses on teaching at-risk children in Akron, Ohio. More than 12,000 people signed the petition so far. Public education advocates say James is the man who can turn the education system around.
But James is a Trump critic, and a charter school opponent, so Betsy will continue to unravel the education system. She will continue to build a for-profit charter public school system with a hint of religious fanaticism in its DNA. Attorney Jeff Sessions is doing his part in the Justice Department to make America a Christian state, and DeVos is quietly helping him achieve that goal.
The media will continue to cover every move DeVos makes as she brings back for-profit colleges, and stomps on teachers who are against her plan to reinvent the education system. Betsy has what it takes. She is misunderstood, hated, and ostracized. She had a lot of practice in Michigan, and her ineptness is now front and center for the country to see and experience.
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