Betsy DeVos’s Schedule Shows Focus on Religious and Nontraditional Schools

Oct 27, 2017

By Eric Lipton

WASHINGTON — For years, Betsy DeVos traveled the country — and opened her checkbook — as she worked as a conservative advocate to promote the expansion of voucher programs that allow parents to use taxpayer funds to send their children to private and religious schools.

A detailed look at the first six months of Ms. DeVos’s tenure as the secretary of education — based on a 326-page calendar tracking her daily meetings — demonstrates that she continues to focus on those programs as well as on charter schools.

Her calendar is sprinkled with meetings with religious leaders, leading national advocates of vouchers and charter schools, and players involved in challenging state laws that limit the distribution of government funds to support religious or alternative schools.

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4 comments on “Betsy DeVos’s Schedule Shows Focus on Religious and Nontraditional Schools

  • @OP – Her calendar is sprinkled with meetings with religious leaders, leading national advocates of vouchers and charter schools, and players involved in challenging state laws that limit the distribution of government funds to support religious or alternative schools.

    Which meets the basic Trump criteria of appointing candidates who have no competence in managing or constructively developing the services they have been chosen to head, but who have a track record of incompetently disrupting or sabotaging them!

    The spoilt-brat naughty children, have been put in charge of the schools!



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  • @OP – For years, Betsy DeVos traveled the country — and opened her checkbook — as she worked as a conservative advocate to promote the expansion of voucher programs that allow parents to use taxpayer funds to send their children to private and religious schools.

    Clearly charlatan enterprises like Trump University, and government departments which fail to supervise these private “educational establishments”, need “Republican protection” from their defrauded students! 🙂

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42318764

    The US Education Department has stopped cancelling student debts for people defrauded by failed for-profit schools, according to its Inspector General.

    A new report by the independent auditor says affected borrowers face mounting interest and other financial burdens.

    Before leaving office, President Barack Obama passed new laws speeding up debt cancellations for defrauded students.

    But under President Donald Trump and his Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, cancellations have ground to a halt.

    Ms DeVos has delayed the implementation of Mr Obama’s reforms, saying they would create costs for taxpayers.

    According to the Inspector General’s report, the Education Department under Ms DeVos has received 25,991 debt cancellation claims, denying two and approving none.

    During Mr Obama’s final months in office, from 1 July 2016 to Mr Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, the Education Department received 46,274 claims, approving 27,986 and denying none.

    In 2015, a huge for-profit school network, Corinthian Colleges, collapsed after investigations into fraud and malpractice in the company led the government to cut off federal funds.

    Nearly 80,000 students were left facing debts to the Education Department, despite the department having authority to cancel debts when schools have violated students’ rights or broken the law.

    Senator Patty Murray, the senior Democrat on the Education Committee, said:
    “Hundreds of thousands of students were defrauded and cheated by predatory colleges that broke the law, but today’s report confirms Secretary DeVos tried to shirk her responsibility to these students and shut down the borrower-defense program, leaving them with nowhere to turn.”

    A. Wayne Johnson, chief operating officer of the federal student aid programme, said that the Education Department would soon approve 11,000 claims for Corinthian students and had “authorised an interest credit” for long-term outstanding claims.



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  • This administration clears the way for the predatory for-profit fake schools that leave students with no real diploma and mountains of debt. Now, with their new tax scheme they punish grad students who go to legitimate, respected universities by taxing their classroom teaching and making their student loans more unforgiving. Is this how to produce a generation of well educated young people who can go out into society and compete with the best of them? Our best universities must be in despair over this. We are aiming at mediocrity and failure.

    Conservatives, fundamentalists and all reactionaries have it in for the higher education system. They believe that the liberal/radical professors are brainwashing the youth of the nation and need to be restrained and replaced. Young people who learn how to consider new progressive ideas are a threat to the old guard who are ruled by fear. Fear of the different, fear of change, fear of a total loss of control.



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  • LaurieB #3
    Dec 12, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Our best universities must be in despair over this.
    We are aiming at mediocrity and failure.
    Conservatives, fundamentalists and all reactionaries
    have it in for the higher education system.

    Not forgetting that Trump’s coal lobby, is facilitating mental retardation even before birth!

    https://www.richarddawkins.net/2017/12/flu-season-is-already-off-to-a-bad-start/#li-comment-228602

    Exposure to mercury is particularly dangerous for pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as children, since mercury is most harmful in the early stages of development.
    In the U.S., 1 in 6 women of childbearing age (15-44) has blood mercury levels that exceed those considered safe by the EPA for a developing baby.
    This amounts to approximately 630,000 babies born every year at risk of developmental problems because of prenatal mercury exposure.

    According to the Center for Disease Control, health effects linked to prenatal and childhood methylmercury exposure include problems with language, memory, attention, visual skills, and lower IQs.

    Agency analysts concluded cutting emissions of the toxin would result in 130,000 fewer asthma attacks, 4700 fewer heart attacks, and 11,000 fewer premature deaths each year, adding up to at least $37 billion to $90 billion annually.



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