A proponent of school choice—charter schools and voucher plans—is now the Secretary of Education. SLL would prefer full-on privatization, but it’s a start. From Robby Soave at reason.com:
With Vice President Mike Pence formally casting the vote to break a 50-50 tie in the Senate, Betsy DeVos has been confirmed as the next Secretary of Education.
DeVos, whose vigorous enthusiasm for school choice and presumed support of Title IX reform make her one of Trump’s better Cabinet picks, encountered furious opposition from Democrats. Indeed, the left fought DeVos harder than they fought Jeff Sessions, Trump’s Attorney General pick. Sessions opposes criminal justice reform, asset forfeiture reform, and immigration reform, but knocking out DeVos was a higher priority for liberals.
That’s due to the all-consuming influence of public teachers unions, which remain one of the most powerful political forces in the Democratic Party and a constant obstacle to education reform. If DeVos can do anything to diminish the teachers unions’ ability to thwart change in the education system, her nomination will have been well worth the fight.
Needless to say, enemies of education reform are freaking out.
Randi Weingarten called DeVos’s confirmation “a sad day for children.”
Here was Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson in a since-deleted tweet:
Not an exaggeration in any sense.
The Women’s March tweeted an anti-DeVos statement as well—undermining the idea that the movement is grounded in opposition to mistreatment of women:
Here was Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani:
But it was the Dems who voted strictly along party lines: two Republicans actually voted against DeVos. And no one deserves as much criticism for using children as pawns as union leadership does. The unions claim to be serving the interests of kids and families, but their job is to protect bad teachers from accountability and use membership fees to fund left-wing causes.