New York Republican Leader Endorses DeVos, to Dismay of Parents and Educators

Diane Ravitch's blog

John Flanagan, majority leader of the Republican-controlled state senate in New York, endorsed Betsy DeVos, shocking parent leaders and educators. Flanagan showed himself to be an enemy of public schools.

Michael Hynes, superintendent of Patchogue-Medford Schools, said Flanagan’s support of DeVos is “reprehensible.”

“It shows his true colors, and clearly he does not care about public education,” said Hynes, who has been a leading critic of the reliance on standardized state test scores to measure student performance.

Jeanette Deutermann, a Common Core critic, leader of the Opt-Out movement on Long Island and member of the steering committee for the New York State Allies for Public Education, denounced Flanagan’s endorsement of DeVos.

“Anyone who watched those confirmation hearings or dipped even an inch into her background yet still supports her nomination is doing so under a delusional ego-driven political pretense and cares nothing for his young constituents in our Long…

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