Anti-LGBT bil­lion­aire Betsy DeVos tapped to head De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion

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By D’ANNE WITKOWSKI

Don­ald Trump has tapped Betsy DeVos, su­per mega zil­lion­aire and ma­jor hater of pub­lic schools, to head the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

The DeVos fam­ily, which ba­si­cally owns the GOP in Michigan, has been kick­ing pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion in the groin for years in the Great Lakes State, push­ing for pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion dol­lars to be fun­neled into re­li­gious, char­ter and for-profit schools in­stead.

But why do so many right-wing con­ser­va­tives hate pub­lic school so much? Be­cause pub­lic school is the per­fect mix of right-wing trig­gers like govern­ment (al­ways in­com­pe­tent!) taxes (al­ways bad!), unions (al­ways thugs!), think­ing (al­ways dan­ger­ous!), and the sep­a­ra­tion of church and state (not a thing!). Not to men­tion the fact that the fed­eral gov’ment wants to pro­tect LGBTQ kids.

Now, DeVos is not such a big fan of LGBTQ folks. In 2004, Betsy and her hus­band Dick were ma­jor play­ers in the suc­cess­ful ef­fort to get an anti-gay mar­riage amend­ment into Michigan’s con­sti­tu­tion. They do­nated $200,000 to the ef­fort.

The DeVos fam­ily has given lots of money to ra­bidly anti-gay groups like the Na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Mar­riage, Fo­cus on the Fam­ily, Her­itage Foun­da­tion and the Fam­ily Re­search Coun­cil, of which Betsy’s fa­ther is a found­ing mem­ber.

The rea­son why the “pub­lic” part of ed­u­ca­tion is so cru­cial is that it is sup­posed to be free for all chil­dren. Dis­man­tling the pub­lic school sys­tem would mean leav­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble to fend for them­selves. And LGBTQ stu­dents are in that cat­e­gory.

DeVos claims she wants all kids to have a good ed­u­ca­tion. Un­for­tu­nately, what she’s un­leashed in Michigan is ab­so­lutely not ac­com­plish­ing that.

But hey, maybe DeVos won’t to­tally stran­gle pub­lic schools and squash all ef­forts to make life eas­ier and ed­u­ca­tion bet­ter for LGBTQ stu­dents. Un­for­tu­nately, the signs are bad at this point.

Betsy DeVos

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