Detroit Free Press: DeVos and Her War on Public Schools

Diane Ravitch's blog

Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor of the Detroit Free Press and a parent of children in a Detroit charter school, wrote a scathing critique of Betsy DeVos and her lack of qualifications to be Secretary of Education. He called his article “Betsy DeVos and the Twilight of Public Education.”

She is not an educator nor does she have relevant experience, he says. She is a lobbyist for school choice. The chaotic mess in Detroit is her handiwork. The city has many charter schools, and they are no better than public schools.

Thanks to her zealous lobbying, he says, Michigan tolerates more low-performing charters that just about any other state.

He writes:

“In Detroit, parents of school-age children have plenty of choices, thanks to the nation’s largest urban network of charter schools.

“What remains in short supply is quality.

“In Brightmoor, the only high school left is Detroit Community Schools, a…

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