April 23, 2017

DeVos Slammed as 'Totally Nuts' for Calling HBCUs 'Pioneers of School Choice'

03 March 2017, 12:52 | Clarence Schmidt

A private kindergarten graduation ceremony. Flickr Santa Catalina School

A private kindergarten graduation ceremony.       Flickr  Santa Catalina School

DeVos referred to the nation's 105 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) as "real pioneers" when it came to "school choice", a term for the voucher system that DeVos has pushed for throughout her career that critics say endangers funding to America's K-12 public education system. What kind of twisting [of] history to suit your agenda?!

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have done this since their founding.

Yes, this really is Kellyanne Conway with her shoes off, knees spread and checking her phone at a meeting of the presidents and administrators of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

- karla fc holloway (@ProfHolloway) February 28, 2017Betsy DeVos's HBCU statement is reason no. 379 that she should not be secretary of education.

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"At a time when many schools barred their doors to black Americans, these colleges offered the best, and often the only, opportunity for a higher education", the Department of Education website reads. In it, Betsy DeVos said HBCUs are "pioneers" of school choice, and I'm pretty sure the entire education community face-palmed when she did. They are trying to pretend that a vast system of oppression, slavery, Jim Crow, and discrimination never existed. Since she won't have to worry about strengthening the tides of HBCUs, here's to hoping there aren't any more innocuous ramblings from one of the most important departments in public education.

"Yesterday's attempt to whitewash the the stain of segregation into an argument for privatizing our public schools is perhaps a new low in her current position", said the MI congressman John Conyers, who also called the statement "shocking and insulting". "These schemes do nothing to help our most vulnerable students while they ignore or exacerbate glaring opportunity gaps", argued the National Education Association in November in reaction to her nomination by Donald Trump. States gave pennies on the dollar to public historically black colleges for decades, leaving them with a fraction of funding lavished on predominantly white public institutions. "Some of (DeVos') ideas that may assist in the improvement of public education in large urban schools would be very counterproductive for school districts like Springfield, Nixa, Ozark, Republic and Willard". Spicer instead seemed to imply that funding for HBCUs, which is now spread throughout the federal government, should be unified in a "pipeline" to the White House. While at first glance it would seem schools created just for black students during the mid-19th Century was a groovy moment in post-Civil War American progressivism, that's actually not the case at all.

How tacky. Seriously. This pose looks more like she is using the toilet and checking her phone between meetings than greeting a group of educators, many of whom have more education than the entire administration combined.

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