DeVos nod is in­sult to ed­u­ca­tion

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re:

“A wise choice for ed­u­ca­tion,” Dec. 4 edi­to­rial.

It was with great dis­ap­point­ment that I read your en­dorse­ment of Betsy DeVos as our next sec­re­tary of ed­u­ca­tion. Her nom­i­na­tion in­sults every­one who has ever ded­i­cated their pro­fes­sional lives to serv­ing all of Amer­ica’s chil­dren through pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion.

How does a bil­lion­aire who ded­i­cated her philanthropy to un­der­min­ing pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion, who re­sents pub­lic schools for “dis­plac­ing” Chris­tian churches as the cen­ter of a com­mu­nity, who pro­motes us­ing pub­lic tax dol­lars to fund parochial schools be­cause this leads to “greater king­dom gain,” who views pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion as a “dead end,” bring any cred­i­bil­ity to the po­si­tion of sec­re­tary of ed­u­ca­tion? DeVos sup­ports di­rect­ing $20 bil­lion of pub­lic funds to pri­vate schools de­spite ev­i­dence that pri­vate schools have demon­strated no ad­van­tage over pub­lic schools.

You en­dorse Betsy Devos, who fa­vors re­li­gious doc­trine over ev­i­dence, to drive ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy. Re­ally? Tim Wa­ters, Long­mont

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