This was the equivalent of a thumbs-up for Ms. DeVos
The Feb. 9 editorial “Do your homework, Ms. DeVos” restated The Post’s long-standing support for “school choice.” Vouchers are extreme forms of choice, routing taxpayer money to private schools, including religious ones. Let private schools use money from tuition, endowments and fundraising to sponsor scholarships. Public charter schools draw less criticism, but some refuse to follow basic guidelines that ensure adequate education for students.
In 2015, The Post covered a report detailing “more than $200 million of uncovered fraud and waste of taxpayer funds in the charter school sector,” with the actual total “impossible to know because there is not sufficient oversight over these schools.”
School choice has been a disaster in Detroit. After Hurricane Katrina, the public school system in New Orleans was replaced with charter schools that have not succeeded in preparing students for college or achieving equity for students with special needs.
Charter schools and vouchers have allowed politicians to avoid the difficult work of rebuilding urban public school systems that largely serve black and Latino students. Instead, school choice allows them to use our children’s educations to peddle influence through crony contracts, keep citizens disenfranchised, bust unions and pander to religious extremists.
Political and media advocacy for this system led us to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and a tomorrow with no national public education. In advocating school choice, the editorial might as well have sung Ms. DeVos’s praises.