TRYING TO DELIVER "FAILING" GRADE TO BETSY DEVOS, TEACHERS LOCKED OUT OF EDUCATION DEPT | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


TRYING TO DELIVER "FAILING" GRADE TO BETSY DEVOS, TEACHERS LOCKED OUT OF EDUCATION DEPT

Teachers' groups, parents, and students were barred from entering the Department of Education on Thursday, the anniversary of Betsy DeVos's confirmation as Education Secretary, to present her with a "Failing" report card alongside tens of thousands of comments from teachers who disapprove of her performance leading the nation's public education system.

"This is a remarkable moment...this is the first time that I have ever been to this building where we were not let in."—Randi Weingarten, AFT President

In categories including protection of civil rights and equality in schools and ensuring funding for low-income students and children of color DeVos received "F" grades across the board.

The grades were given out after a year in which DeVos rolled back Obama-era guidance protecting students on college campuses from sexual assault and ordering schools to allow students to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity, and made it more difficult for students who had been defrauded by for-profit schools to receive loan forgiveness.

DeVos's attempts to secure more federal funding for charter schools and vouchers have so far stalled in Congress, but a document outlining the DOE's priorities have made clear that school privatization is a top priority for the secretary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I found this blocking teachers from the building in which DeVos works more than a little heavy handed.

But let's back up, and think this one through, shall we?!?

What have popped up , dotting the US landscape in the last 20 years, are private schools, used by caring parents to "fill in the gaps" in their kid's education, or get their kids learning better, when the public schools have failed their children miserably.

And so what if these schools are franchised, when their approach seems to be doing the job of educating kids, and well?!? I have no problem with this.

Kumon Schools and Mathanasium come to mind, but there are many others.

Why not create one private school in a city like Baltimore, or Detroit, where public education has gone horribly awry:

In public Detroit schools, 93% are not proficient at math; 96% not proficient in Reading

In Baltimore School, Grade Rigging Scandal Escalates, School's CEO issues a memo to Respond

IF programs like those offered by private schools can actually work in cities like this, THEY CAN WORK ANYWHERE IN THIS COUNTRY.

And remember; these very unionized teachers are utterly terrified of losing their jobs if the privatization go forward.

And do you have any idea of how hard it is get a non-performing union-member teacher to be fired from a public school?!?

The short answer is, painfully hard.

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