EdSource director Louis Freedburg writes about the naming of billionaire philanthropist Betsy DeVos as  Secretary of Education in the administration of President-elect Donald Trump. Public Advocates’ John Affeldt, among others,  comments on the controversial choice.

From the article:

President-elect Donald Trump has named Betsy DeVos, a billionaire philanthropist with a long history of  promoting charter schools and tax-supported vouchers for private school tuition, to be secretary of education in his administration…”

“…John Affeldt, the education program director at Public Advocates, a public interest law firm headquartered in San Francisco,   said rather than trying to create a “few escape valves” through non-public school alternatives for some children, “we need to make the whole system work.”  He said private and parochial schools don’t have the capacity to address all the needs of low-income children.  “We have to make the public schools work for everybody, instead of starving them of resources and blaming them for under-performance,” he said.”

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