Politico: Damage Control at ED For DeVos’ Dumb Comment about HBCUs

Diane Ravitch's blog

Politico has a exclusive report on the scrambling inside the US Department of Education to limit the damage after Secretary DeVos hailed the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities as models of choice.


Her ignorant remark led to an explosion of negative reaction. Apparently she had no idea that HBCUs were created because black students were not allowed to attend most colleges and universities. She didn’t know, like Sean Spicer didn’t know about the chemical gas used by Hitler.

Someone quickly drafted a new comment.

“EXCLUSIVE: DAMAGE CONTROL AFTER DEVOS’ HBCU STATEMENT: The day after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos issued a statement tying the origin of historically black colleges and universities to school choice, career officials at the Education Department alerted the new communications crew that it was playing very poorly in the media. One career employee noted it was trending on Twitter and said, “folks are now calling…

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