I am absolutely sick that Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Donald Trump’s new Secretary of Education. With our public education system in dire need of new, competent leadership, the Republicans nevertheless succeeded in confirming a woman who has never attended a public school, taught in one, or sent her kids to one. And if you listened to any of her confirmation hearings, you know she’s not the sharpest crayon in the box. Never made it into the box at all. Based on several reports, it seems highly likely that she bought the position with generous donations to a lot of key Republicans. To their everlasting credit, Maine’s Susan Collins (R) and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski (R) voted against her. The vote in the Senate was a tie and Vice-President Spence cast the deciding vote.
I heard this evening that Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie (R) has introduced a new bill to abolish the Department of Education, so maybe the joke’s on her after all. We probably couldn’t do any worse by returning control of the schools to the states; they haven’t exactly flourished under US government control.
From The Hill:
Massie believes that policymakers at the state and local levels should be responsible for education policy, instead of a federal agency that’s been in place since 1980.
“Unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. should not be in charge of our children’s intellectual and moral development. States and local communities are best positioned to shape curricula that meet the needs of their students,” Massie said in a statement.
Makes good sense to me, but admittedly I am a few years removed from involvement in our public schools.