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