Seeds: When President Trump was elected he nominated DeVos to be the Secretary of Education, and many people have been angry.
Core: DeVos is a “billionaire philanthropist” who has advocated for a “school-choice” system where parents can decide which public, charter, or private school their children should go to. Many say this would be incredibly expensive and difficult to pass. She has pushed for the deregulation and expansion of charter schools, which some say has caused a lessening in their quality and that of the education in Michigan (where she’s from) in general. Also, groups such as the ACLU and AARP say that this deregulation of charter schools could allow for discrimination against students of color or impoverished students.
Skin: DeVos was confirmed today, in a 50/50 vote that had to be broken by Vice President Pence. This is the closest such vote for the position in the history of the Senate. Funny Note: She famously said that schools in Wyoming might want guns on campus to prevent grizzly bear attacks. Tell us if you think that’s likely.
Leaves: Many who critique DeVos say that she is not a good pick simply because she lacks the experience acting teaching or administrating in schools, something that most Education Secretaries have had in the past. Time will tell what DeVos does.
Food For Thought: What do you think of DeVos? What about the other cabinet nominees?
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