Betsy DeVos Blindly Promotes Choice Without Considering Negative Fiscal Impact

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On April 20, 2017, US ed sec Betsy DeVos and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) president Randi Weingarten visited Van Wert City Schools, a small school district in Ohio.

Also on April 20, 2017, DeVos published this opinion piece in Cleveland.com. As one might expect, DeVos used her op-ed to pitch school choice.

Van Wert City Schools is a small district. How much “choice” can it support and still be fiscally sound?

DeVos offers no such advice on this front. Instead, she offers what she considers a fine example of a public school district incorporating choice: Miami Dade County Public Schools (Florida):

Many public school districts across the country already offer various forms of school choice. I saw this recently in Miami-Dade, Florida, where the public school district offers parents more than 500 choice programs, including magnet, charter and advanced curriculum schools. These in-district options help students excel and…

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