Trump's War on Public Schools
Many of America's public schools are not the best and some are certainly atrocious, with some kids being better off learning on their own. Some are so bad that they should just be closed and something else offered. But, many public schools are good and some are even great.
The public school model is not flawed. It is just poorly managed in some areas and chronically underfunded in most districts. With a little more funding, better management and reigning in teacher's unions, most public schools could be improved.
Trump's proposed budget does nothing to improve public schools and cruelly slashes funding for public education and essential school programs for kids. It heavily promotes charter schools and a right-wing agenda.
The rules for charter schools vary from state to state and in some states they can be a good option.
Most states don't allow charter schools to be run for profit, but Michigan does, which is where Trump's Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos is from.
Devos essentially bought her position from Trump by donating millions of dollars to his campaign and now she is using her power to reshape America's educational system to suit her, whether Americans like it or not.
Devos was instrumental in the development of Michigan's for-profit charter school system and has lobbied aggressively for public funding of private charter schools for many years.
According to Devos, her primary motivation for charter schools is a means to "advance God's Kingdom".
Currently, most states prohibit public funding for religious charter schools. This will likely change under DeVos as more federal funding and regulation come into effect.
The Trump and Devos education agenda is not about the educational needs of America's children. It is about diverting some of the hundreds of billions spent on public education to private for-profit schools and indoctrinating children in a right-wing religious and political ideology.
Trump's disruption of the broken public school system is a good opportunity for parents and teachers to create something that better meets children's needs.