Mike Klonsky: Why Florida Will be the Model For Betsy DeVos: She Owns It

Diane Ravitch's blog

Mike Klonsky reviews Betsy DeVos’ long and fruitful relationship with pro-privatization politicians in Florida. She served on Jeb Bush’s board. She has contributed to pro-school choice candidates. Florida is ideal, from her point of view, because of the free hand given to for-profit charter operators.

Of course, it would be Florida that provides the model for the nation:

Florida’s charter schools are among the worst in the nation. The state’s so-called “choice” system of charters and vouchers is highly segregated, riddled with corruption and mismanagement (like FL state government in general) and has been rocked by scandal after scandal.

The League of Women Voters has documented the blatant conflicts of interest in the legislature, where legislators pass bills to benefit their family’s charter chains.

Charters open and close with greater frequency than anywhere else.

It is really disgusting that we have a Secretary of Education who is an ideologue for…

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