Betsy DeVos’s 13-Year “Clerical Error”

Diane Ravitch's blog

Betsy DeVos testified to the Senate committee at her confirmation hearing that she was not a director of her mother’s foundation, although tax returns for 13 years list her as vice-president the board. Her mother was a founder and generous funder of Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council, both of which are anti-LGBT groups. But Betsy knew nothing about it, had nothing to do with it. It was a “clerical error.”

During the time DeVos was listed as an officer, the Prince Foundation gave $5.1 million to Focus on the Family, an advocate of “conversion therapy” — counseling designed to make gay, lesbian, bisexual or queer people become straight. The same group has railed against anti-bullying programs that even mention homosexuality as a covert way to introduce sexual orientation to children.

The organization also poured $6.1 million into Family Research Council, a conservative think tank labeled as…

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