Kristen Rizga: To Understand Betsy DeVos, You Must Understand the Overton Effect

Diane Ravitch's blog

Kristen Rizga, a perceptive reporter for Mother Jones, has been writing about education for several years. Her book Mission High was an excellent portrait of a San Francisco that was labeled as “failing” even though its students were not failing and its staff was dedicated.

In this fascinating article, she describes the sheltered life of billionaire heiress Betsy DeVos and the unusual community that nurtured her world-view. She also reviews the charitable donations made by the foundations of Betsy Devos and her husband, as well as of her parents’  foundation, where Betsy was an officer. (She said in the Senate hearing that she was not involved in her mother’s foundation, but did not acknowledge that she was an officer of the foundation for many years until recently.)

Although the DeVoses have rarely commented on how their religious views affect their philanthropy and political activism, their spending speaks volumes. Mother Jones…

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