Betsy Devos Unqualified to be Education Secretary

Who Is Betsy DeVos?

Here’s how a billionaire who never went to public school became responsible for education in America.


Video title: Public (School) Enemy No. 1: Billionaire Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Pick for Education Secretary

Video description: Donald Trump nominated conservative billionaire Betsy DeVos to serve as Education Secretary. DeVos is the former chair of the Michigan Republican Party and a longtime backer of charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools.

In response, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said, “In nominating DeVos Trump makes it loud and clear that his education policy will focus on privatizing, defunding and destroying public education in America.” Since 1970, the DeVos family has invested at least $200 million in various right-wing causes. DeVos’s father-in-law is the co-founder of Amway and her brother is Erik Prince, founder of the mercenary firm Blackwater.

DeVos’ driving cause has been “school choice.” In Michigan, she led the push to use public dollars to pay for private school tuition through vouchers and other means. That experiment has been a success for banks and hedge funds, and a resounding failure for many students. A 2016 report by the Education Trust-Midwest, a nonprofit, concluded that under the model shaped by DeVos, “Michigan’s K-12 system is among the weakest in the country and getting worse. In little more than a decade, Michigan has gone from being a fairly average state in elementary reading and math achievement to the bottom 10 states. It’s a devastating fall.”

DeVos wasn’t an education expert. She was, as The Washington Post pointed out, essentially a lobbyist who used her money to push an agenda that didn’t have much evidence of success to back it up.


$13,420,000 to Heritage Foundation via her family foundation

It appears Billionaire Betsy Devos appointment as Education Secretary is being given as a “Gratuity” for all the Millions she gave to Republicans because she is clearly not qualified to fill this position.

Despite the fact that Devos is not qualified and Thousands of people protested against her appointment, ONLY TWO REPUBLICANS opposed her nomination.

Proving once again that it’s a MISTAKE to vote for REPUBLICANS because they don’t listen to their constituents and ALWAYS side with Big Business, Billionaires and Corporations.


People are expressing their outrage

Devos was met with protesters when she tried to use the main entrance to a public school in Washington, DC. One protestor yells, Shame! Shame! Shame!  I think yelling YOU SUCK and YOUR AN IDIOT would be more appropriate.

Video title: What can Betsy DeVos do to American schools?
Rep. Dan Kildee joins Joy Reid to talk about DeVos’ record in Michigan and what she will have the power to do as she takes the helm at the Department of Education.



Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown Demands Education Secretary Nominee DeVos Pay Ohio $5.3 Million She Owes for Breaking Ohio Campaign Finance LawClick here for Details


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