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Whiston described DeVos "as someone who's been seen as a disruptor to the system" because of her push for a nontraditional agenda of school choice, charter schools and voucher programs.

"I'm really excited to be here today with parents and educators, representing traditional public schools, charter public schools, home schools, private schools - a range of choices", she said.

The U.S. Department of Education needs to learn about black history - and proofreading.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos doesn't even try to hide her desire to "expand God's kingdom" by promoting parochial schools and those that are run by for-profit education companies. She was unable to answer if she thought that non-public schools that receive federal funding should be held to the same academic standards as public schools.

DeVos also had a less-than-stellar confirmation hearing in which great amounts of doubt were planted in her ability to act as the department head.

In a statement, Board President Richard Barrera said he initially co-sponsored a resolution inviting DeVos to visit, with Trustee John Lee Evans. Lamont Bagby, D-74th District. "We can never lose sight of the connection between education and jobs". "Charter schools aren't necessarily better than public schools".

The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation's donations have contributed to the growth of charter schools in MI, but the regulations governing these publicly-funded private schools do nothing to address conflicts of interest or for-profit schools.

DeVos, known to have donated more than $200 million to the Republican Party, has caused widespread controversy since President Donald J. Trump nominated her in November.

The segregation will be between social classes if the wealthy will be able to send their children to whichever private school they wish, while the lower and middle class families will not have those same choices. "It'll put a brighter spotlight on charter schools in the state and on the opportunities charter schools provide".

This was one of the first tweets from the department since DeVos, one of the Trump's most controversial cabinet picks, took over as secretary.

"Just to do it very, very formally, I want to congratulate you on having gone through a very tough trial and a very unfair trial".

"Maybe I am old fashioned, but democracy depends on a high-quality education system", he said.

The real union concern is competition for money going into public education. "The fact that you can be in Ann Arbor and grow up poor like I did but still be afforded certain opportunities is what good public schools can do", Bufford said.

The fight for confirmation of Betsy Devos for Secretary of Education exposes the Democrats' devotion to the teachers' unions and the monopolistic rule our public schools have over the parents and students of this country.

Loyola associate professor of sociology education Kate Phillippo also said she found the news "disappointing" and "disturbing".