by Countable | 2.12.18
The wheels of federal government can grind slowly, so Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is in the midst of approving state education plans mandated by a 2015 law, the Every Student Succeeds Act. But she’s running into resistance from surprising quarters, namely Republican governors who seek the kinds of charter school and private school voucher programs that DeVos herself has championed.
The Every Student Succeeds Act was enacted to replace the controversial No Child Left Behind law. It reverted much of the authority over public education systems back to the states.
Each state was required to submit a state education plan. So far, 35 have been approved by Secretary DeVos. Of those 35, 6 were not signed by their governors. Three more plans pending approval also lack gubernatorial support. Of the nine disputed plans, seven are opposed by Republican governors in Maryland, Georgia, Wisconsin, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Kentucky.
Approval by the governor was not required by the law, but was encouraged. The Republican governors have variously referred to the plans for their states as lacking in "flexibility", “innovation” as well as “adequately high expectations of students”, “disgusting”, and “a farce”.
A spokesperson from the Education Department maintained to the New York Times that the Secretary’s did not factor in governor’s responses to the plans in her approvals:
"Under [the Act], the secretary’s job is to ensure that state plans comply with the law, not to provide her opinion on the state’s approach. She hopes that these plans will be seen not as a ceiling but as a foundation upon which states can improve education for all students."
Do you think it is inconsistent for DeVos to not support those governors who want to see the kinds of changes to education she champions, or is she simply staying out of state decision-making to avoid federal overreach? Are you aware of your state’s education plan? Do you support it or not? What do you think are the answers to improving our public education systems?
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— Asha Sanaker
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DeVos is a tool the republicans use to 1. Destroy public education so they can sell viable education businesses to her fat cat cronies for private schools. 2. Make education in poor and minority communities worse and worse so those students are educated just enough to keep a servant class. American public education is outstanding when we get politicians out of the classroom and let our professional teachers do their jobs.
Charter schools have no business being funded by taxes, period. Faith based education should be left to private institutions funded by tuition and not federal funds. They only serve those that profit from them or want their ideology spread. Would those in favor of charter schools still be so if a say a Saudi billionaire opened 1000 Islamic faith based schools across America, each getting federal funds? I somehow doubt it so be careful what you wish for. Like so many other ideas we see fundamentalist pushing, it's not an original idea, it's just that those who thought of it years ago saw it was a BAD idea. Vote against charter schools and instead fight for a real education budget increase for our public schools.
DeVos helped destroy the public education system in Michigan and fattened her and her family’s wallets. She should NEVER be in charge of anything to do with education. Fully fund public, not charter, schools and rebuild that community center.
We have a money grubbing MORON in the white house and a money grubbing moron in charge of our public schools so what did you think would happen?? You republicans are ruining this country's foundation..our education system! This is despicable and disgusting..devos is as evil as the moron in chief.
Every public school should be treated equally No charter schools no funding for private schools with taxpayer dollars You want to send your children to private schools; you pay-not me. Our public schools prior to this administration were some of the finest in the world We’re on the road to making our education a bigger laughing stock than our White House
DeVos knows nothing about education. All she cares about are her righteous religious beliefs. She never should have been appointed to this position. She reversed the policy on campus sexual assault investigations, which she is now being sued for. She wants cuts made to already needy public education to support her school of choice agenda. Just this pass week Teacher’s Unions we’re blocked from entering the Department of Education building to deliver first year reports on her performance. She has ZERO qualifications to run the country’s education department!!!
So much for small government. What we get instead is SMALL-MINDED, pea-brained government
DeVos messed up schools here in Michigan, but is narcissistic and smug enough to think she’s doing a good thing. These rich, entitled “stable geniuses” think they know what is best for hardworking Americans. They don’t. They merely know what to do to save themes a buck or two. Doesn’t matter how little they gain, just that their wallets are getting fatter.
She lost me when she went up before the committee for questioning.
Weren’t those fighting the good Republican fight, all about states rights. When did that become ‘not a thing’. We don’t need the privately schooled Amway heiress in our students lives. She stammered her way through her confirmation hearing, made it much more difficult for students to report sexual assault on campus, is removing rights fromTrans children and turning our EDU system into a class system where there is no level playing field and a place for every child as long as it’s within their ‘class’. #FireDevos
So Betsy DeVos is undoing 8 yrs of Obama’s social media experiment; Wah, Wah. Many people post that they think she’s not qualified for this position; many also thought that a community organizer, a one term Senator who only voted “present” 80% of the time, and a sometimes adjunct “Constitutional” professor—who as President defied the Constitution at every turn—was not qualified. As far as DeVos adhering to a 2015 law that required the DOE approve state education plans, it did not require a Governor’s approval. It appears that those Governor’s need to take up their dissatisfaction with their plans with their own state dept.’s of education. DeVos treated this as a state’s right. The DOE has only, from its inception, screwed up a once admired education system; I say kill the DOE, and send it all back to the states. Also, having served as previous sexual assault advocate—on a college campus—for many years, I applaud DeVos rescinding the “Dear Colleague,” guideline imposed by the last administration. All LEGAL recourse should be applied to such a vicious crime. But these guidelines allowed for only a preponderance of the evidence standard, with no due process or legal support for the accused. They were tried and convicted by kangaroo courts, which effectively allowed—if truly guilty—a rapist to be expelled and go on their merry way. And if they truly weren’t guilty, most were expelled, their lives and dreams shattered. Campus police and school officials do not a justice system make. Apparently, Dems and libs have just stopped caring about civil liberties...again, sad.
Her whole family is rotten to the core
What I think is funny is that prior to the establishment of the Federal Department of Education, is we had some of the best schools in the world. Once the Federal Government got involved, then things have gone down hill ever since. Having a one size fits all from the Federal Government is complete stupid. Return education completely back to the states and let them figure out what works best for them. For those of you who are against vouchers or funding private schools, the parents know what is best for their child, not some government bureaucrat. The government has spent trillions on education and nothing has improved, so let states and parents figure out what’s best. Other than that it is nothing but insanity.
Please do not let this pass.
Could someone please remind me again why is it is that we are we leaving the responsibility of drafting of our educational state standards to politicians who may be gone in two years, are easily bought off by textbook lobbyists, and have very little skin in the game? 🌈 If you really want some advice on what to do, I suggest giving Mike Schmocker a call, he published a great book several years ago called Focus! Great read, you should try it some time.
This is what happens when a wholly unqualified individual is appointed and confirmed to a cabinet position. She was given the job by virtue of her $$$ donated to djt campaign. Pence gave the job to his evangelical compadre. What a dangerous farce. Can she be removed for incompetence?
Eliminate the DofEducation and leave it all to the states.
Concerning our future of public education I would like to remind you of how things can change. The Intellectual Center of the world was Baghdad from 800 to 1100 AD. During this period there was a spike of advancements in biology, medicine, mathematics and space. 2/3 of the stars is the sky have Arabic names. The mathematics we use today is thanks to this time period. In the 12th Century Al-Ghazah a philosopher became extremely popular and out of his work you get that Mathematics is the work of the devil! As these philosophical arguments took root and Islam morphed Baghdad collapsed and has never recovered since. Religion took down an entire culture that named 2/3 of our stars, invented the zero, created Algebra and algorithms. Religion did this. Nancy DeVoe and many Republicans want more religion in our schools to the point they are changing Science text books. Casting doubt about evolution, biology, space science and even American history of slavery. This is not “That will never happen in America” it is happening right now with the deliberate dismantling of Public Education.
Funding for private and charter schools should be not be a part of Federal budget. And keep schools secular please !
This may very well be a good move on Betsy DeVos’s part. Most teachers and administrators didn’t like common core or all of the government regulations that didn’t help children and created more work for teachers. Education is education and individuals teaching at Charter Schools are the same ones that teachers teaching at Public Schools attend. The goal should be to work hard to best benefit students. And by all means fund them better so teachers can have better take home pay and good benefits for their families. I know this firsthand since there are plenty of teachers in my family. If you can read or write thank and appreciate a teacher not a football player or most politicians.