Kenneth Zeichner: Betsy DeVos Would be a Disaster for America’s Public Schools

Diane Ravitch's blog

Ken Zeichner, professor of teacher education at the University of Washington, warns that Betsy DeVos is unqualified to serve as Secretary of Education. Her efforts have been devoted to undermining public education and promoting public funding for religious schools. This is dangerous to a democratic society. He urges her defeat by the Senate Committee that will interview her tomorrow or by the Senate as a whole.

One of the main aspects of DeVos’ beliefs about education is to use public-tax money for vouchers that would enable students to attend unregulated private schools, including religious schools.

The research on the effects of voucher programs in Milwaukee and elsewhere clearly shows that these programs do not offer a better alternative to public schools for the families that use them, and they undermine the ability of public-school systems to educate the students who remain.

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