Donald Trump Selects Betsy Devos as Education Secretary…

We probably hold a slightly different perspective on this appointment than most.  CTH analysis follows press release:

betsy-devros-2(New York, NY) – President-elect Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate Betsy DeVos as Secretary of the United States Department of Education. A leader in the national school reform movement for more than two decades, Betsy DeVos is a highly successful education advocate, businesswoman, and philanthropist.

“Betsy DeVos is a brilliant and passionate education advocate,” said President-elect Donald J. Trump. “Under her leadership we will reform the U.S. education system and break the bureaucracy that is holding our children back so that we can deliver world-class education and school choice to all families. I am pleased to nominate Betsy as Secretary of the Department of Education.”

“I am honored to accept this responsibility to work with the President-elect on his vision to make American education great again,” said Ms. DeVos. “The status quo in education is not acceptable. Together, we can work to make transformational change that ensures every student in America has the opportunity to fulfill his or her highest potential.” (read more)

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To fully understand the 2016 challenge with the Dept. of Ed. a person must remember how much of the annually respent Obama Stimulus was diverted into keeping teachers employed (via non-congressional-oversight ie. federal subsidy) during the economic downturn. President Obama used the ARRA as a slush fund to finance federalization of the Department of Education, beyond their budgetary limit.

As such, the national teachers union (NEA) will be apoplectic with this appointment specifically because Mrs. Devos is an advocate for local control over the administration of educational architecture.  –SUMMARY HERE

In addition, Betsy Devos is part of the Mercer-aligned political financial class. Financially independent libertarian leaning, and party gatekeeper.

Bannonly Thinking = Devos: ♦ Removes diversity arrow from leftist MSM quiver; ♦ provides independent deconstruction of DoE federalism; ♦ Common Core deconstruction; ♦ ensures increased accountability at local level; ♦ establishes financial ally for 2020; ♦ neuters GOPe influence.

The DC based GOPe is being dismantled.

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480 Responses to Donald Trump Selects Betsy Devos as Education Secretary…

  1. William says:

    I’m for abolishing the Department of Education. I’m for sending all the money that go to the Department to the states. I’m for school choice. I’m for vouchers. I’m for local control of education. The problem remains even if all of those were implemented today. The amount of the money used for education throughout the country that pass through the federal departments, which by the way include the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture, is tiny. The greatest amount of money spent on education is from state and local sources. The Federal Government handles just a tiny bit. Eliminating the Department of Education may give me some satisfaction, but not really.

    The problem would remain. For if one holds to the idea that government that’s making laws intended to affect the provision of education is outrageous, then the existence of laws, regulations, and policies emanating from the Federal Government is the problem. The Department of Education is there to execute the laws, regulations, and policies of the government. The problem does not only exist in the Executive branch; the legislature also must be held to account.

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    • John Galt says:

      “I’m for abolishing the Department of Education. I’m for sending all the money that go to the Department to the states. I’m for school choice. I’m for vouchers. I’m for local control of education.”

      Add an affirmative action ban to that and we’re good to go. Parents and local officials can embrace the suck if they can’t educate their kids.

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      • palerider1861 says:

        Yes, and let’s remove the stench of social engineering by the government and reinstate the idea of meritocracy — regardless of skin color or political affiliation — and we can once again regain what made America great in the first place!

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    • Jack Galt says:

      All the Galt’s agree….end the Department of Education. Also, about 25 more Departments of ????

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  2. Txguest says:

    I urge all CTH people to congratulate Devos and Haley on their Facebook/ Twitter. They are getting some hateful stuff and let’s not show division to the dems or the stupid msm. I trust trump to make the right decisions and if he picks someone wrong, I trust him to fire and replace accordingly. Reading about Devos, she seems spot on. Haley, not super excited, but he has his reasons and I can see those too, so I gave her a positive shout out too! Thanks for the great website and analysis Sundance.

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    • JAS says:

      Agreed, Let Trump handle this – after all he’s quite a bit better at this than most all of us!

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    • grannysue says:

      I don’t think Trump plans on keeping the UN so I am not sure what the appointment of Haley means. I thought he wanted to get rid of NATO and the UN. But, at this point, I trust him. So far he has not been making poor decisions. Love this man, he is doing everything he said he would. What a wonder and departure from other politician!.

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      • jsbachlover says:

        One person — even i it’s the President of the U.S. — cannot just unilaterally get rid of the UN. That would be a lengthy and no doubt complicated process. Trump could certainly put the screws on, however, in terms of payments to keep it going. (My understanding is that we pay far more than our share, which makes up for a lot of countries who pay nothing or virtually nothing.

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      • Joshua2415 says:

        The appointment of Niki Haley to the UN Ambassador spot does one more very significant thing…it automatically elevates Lt. Governor Henry McMasters to the SC Governors slot. McMasters was an early and vocal supporter of DJT, and was a tremendous asset to him during the Republican primary here. By sending Haley to the UN, DJT has ensured that a loyal ally will avoid a primary and will now be running as the incumbent governor in 2018.
        Donald J Trump remembers who his friends are.

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        • kimosaabe says:

          Another strategic move by Trump that only the deep thinkers understand. Trump can’t be stumped.

          Liked by 8 people

        • incisor says:

          And…if Haley mucks things up he can fire her and still win.
          This winning stuff is definitely something a person could get used too.

          Liked by 6 people

          • I just learned that Gov. Haley is also strongly pro-Israel. A needed voice in whatever is left of the UN after we get through with it.

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            • Maquis says:

              Amen! We need to force the UN to stop accommodating the Anti-Israel Nut Jobs with their endless Resolutions condemning the only Sane, Free, Peaceful and Just Nation in the midst of the greatest Blight upon Humanity in Recorded History.

              Israel is a Treasure. I am very pleased that the Israel HATING Samantha Powers will be replaced with her mirror opposite.

              And seriously, we need to demand and force changes at the UN. We ditched the League of Nations when that proved useless… Now we got Globalists pulling Obamanations Left and Right, building a Global Government one Sovereignty Stomping, Rights Razing, Resource Raiding Pocket Pilfering “Treaty” or “Resolution” or “Committee” and likely in hundreds or thousands of ways we don’t know about. It has to to opposed, stopped, reformed, or demolished.

              No Organization that devotes most of it’s deliberations to demonizing Israel deserves to exist, and Damned Sure NOT on American Soil.

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        • olderwiser21 says:

          Exactly! I think this analysis is spot on!

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      • Kroesus says:

        he has never said “get rid of NATO”…..he said their mission and function needed reassesses to more adequately deal with terrorism and that member states needed to pony up their agreed contributions

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      • sunnydaze says:

        grannysue, he never once said he wanted to get rid of NATO.

        He said he wanted to take a look at how it’s structured cuz it’s still frozen in place from when it was first established. The World Map has changed since then.

        Also, other countries need to carry their weight monetarily speaking.

        The lying MSM, including Fox News, took that and twisted the heck out of it to end up with “Trump wants to abolish NATO’.

        And this is why people cannot listen to the MSM unless they are listening to hear exactly what the new lie is.

        If you are listening for real “news” , you will be led down a false path, very quickly.

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        • wondering999 says:

          ^^^ This. Perfect example of what we’re up against ^^^

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        • Maquis says:

          There will be no need for NATO if it’s member States are importing weapons of mass destruction and unleashing them upon their own populations.

          Seriously! There will be no Europe to defend in twenty years. Why should we build the dike higher when the locals are poking holes through it?

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      • USMCLt says:

        It could have been a carefully laid trap. SC gets a new governor and Nikki goes down with the UN. Cool.

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      • Aparition42 says:

        Interesting point some allies in SC made on another forum I frequent, sending Haley to the UN makes Lieutenant Governor Henry McMasters the new Governor of South Carolina. McMasters, unlike Haley, was on Team Trump during the campaign and quite a few of the Trump aligned locals chimed in that they felt he would be a better governor than Haley. Apparantly he was chosen as Lieutenant Gov for reasons similar to Sarah Palin’s selection as McCain’s partner. This move may give McMasters a boost in the upcoming Governor’s election as he will be the incumbent.

        Time will tell, but it looks like Trump took Haley out of a powerful state position and put her in a powerless position where her job will be nothing more than reporting Trump’s positions to the UN, and also maneuvered a stronger ally into a position of real power at the state level. As Governor, Trump had no power over her. As an executive appointee, Trump can fire her if she goes off script.

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    • Timmy-the-Ute says:

      Can’t find Betsy Devos on Facebook.

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    • moosebytes says:

      If you win enough of the battles, you’ll probably win the f’n’ war! Take it easy and slow, but be driven. Period.

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    • whoseyore says:

      I understand that she is sympathetic toward Israel of which the U.N. is not.

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    • eksothen says:

      The majority hate mail, I bet my bottom dollar, is coming from teachers unions.

      Most are extreme communists.

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  3. Katherine McCoun says:

    She already has a sharp web site available. Impressive on such short notice. Good sign for things to come from this impressive lady. I am grateful that there are servant hearted people willing to step into the line of the DNC and old media fire in order to serve our country and make life better for us.
    http://betsydevos.com

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  4. NJF says:

    Sorry OT, there’s so many new threads.

    FBN just announced the Wayne State officer that was shot last night has died.

    RIP.

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  5. tsforex says:

    Why is Brietbart so negative about her?

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  6. ray76 says:

    Since at least 2013 through today she has been a Board Member of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, founded by Florida Governor Jeb Bush in 2008. The organization is dedicated to implementing Common Core.

    Her statements that she does not support Common Core are not particularly credible. One doesn’t sit for three and a half years on the Board of an organization whose sole purpose is implementation of Common Core if one doesn’t support Common Core.

    http://www.excelined.org/board-corner/board-of-directors/

    http://web.archive.org/web/20130301033627/http://excelined.org/board-corner/board-of-directors

    http://www.excelined.org/about-us/reform-agenda/

    http://www.excelined.org/common-core-toolkit/common-core-toolkit/

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    • jeans2nd says:

      “Her statements that she does not support Common Core are not particularly credible”

      I must agree with you. There is more here than initial impressions. Bush, et al, are tied in with Biden, Krooked Kasick, former Ohio House Speaker Batchelder (remember New Hampshire?) and a whole cabal of those wishing to regulate and dictate curriculum to charter schools. I smell a RAT.

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      • Jenny R. says:

        I don’t mind some regulation on school curriculum — have you seen some of them? Public, private, or charter…some of them are simply trash. Remember: Gulen was the operator of the largest chain of charter schools in the country; they are not an automatic ticket to academic greatness.
        I would just like to see common sense, rather than common core, being applied — nobody’s agenda being served.

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        • wondering999 says:

          I want to be on your team Jenny R. Common SENSE should trump everything else. There is no agreement around the country on basic educational standards, and many families move fairly frequently. I have heard from people who were set back or even dropped out after their families moved into different states/school districts. It wouldn’t hurt to agree on some basic grade level standards — not federalization, but the type of standards that other industries agree on because they are professionals and have set some reasonable framework in place.

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    • jeans2nd says:

      Not to be misunderstood – we Ohioans just have more work to do here at home. Time to see where Krooked Kasick is currently stuffing his face.

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    • grannysue says:

      If she has any connections with the Bush family then this is very bad. They are criminals, really horrible, Trump is holding onto their corruption and needs to expose it. They have been involved in pedophilia and child sacrifice. It came out recently and Trump owes this nation the duty of exposing these criminal people. There are many people involved in this.

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      • maggiemoowho says:

        The Bush and Clinton families are not nice people, matter of fact they are evil scum, but this child sacrifice and pedophilia BS being spread around is just not true and makes people sound wacko.

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    • mimbler says:

      I actually went to that website, and your statement that the sole purpose is the implementation of common core is false. There are a number of initiatives including school choice and charter schools which is a passion of Devoss.
      Mike

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      • ray76 says:

        Read their website. Common Core State Standards is right there on the Agenda page.

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      • Paul says:

        Speaking for myself here in NYC, charter schools are being stuffed with Muslims and other “minorities.” There is a charter school by me called the “Young Women’s leadership School.” Their motto is “where future leaders are born.” First of all, the school only has female student – a big no-no for males. Second the school is predominantly filled with Muslims and Hispanics, maybe 1% white. I believe one of the reasons for this school is the satisfy Muslim Sharia where girls don’t mix with boys. When I pass by and see these “future leaders” come out, I say to myself ‘if this is our future, we are in big trouble.’

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        • Charter schools are rife with the most potential for graft, fraud, and outright theft of government dollars, with little of the accountability that we are accustomed to with public schools – at least in states without teacher unions.

          In Texas, one of the problems that has surfaced as a result of the increased numbers of charter schools is the lack of funding from the state to oversee these operations. By the time they are identified and tracked for failing to meet the educational needs of students, it is a decade down the road and untold millions of children have been funneled through these failed institutions.

          Charter schools can be fronts for Islamic indoctrination centers like the Gulen schools, yet operate from our tax dollars.

          Without a system in place that holds charter schools as accountable as public schools, charter schools pose the potential for yet another boondoggle for our country.

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          • Jenny R. says:

            Thank you both! Yes, this is exactly the problem!

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          • SaguaroJack says:

            I hold that it’s the parents’ job to hold a school accountable for the quality of its instruction.

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          • Public school systems accountable???? Don’t make me laugh.
            If the Gulen schools are Islamic indoctrination centers, why does Erdogan hate the schools??? Something is funny here. We need to do more due diligence before we fall for these narratives.

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            • entagor says:

              Erdogan considers Gulen a traitor. Erdogan believes Gulen engineered the coup attempt in Turkey.

              This from the BBC
              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-13503361
              Opponents of the movement point to a video which surfaced in 1999, in which Mr Gulen seemed to tell his followers that they should deliberately attempt to infiltrate mainstream structures:

              “You must move within the arteries of the system, without anyone noticing your existence, until you reach all the power centres.

              “You must wait until such time as you have got all the state power, until you have brought to your side all the power of the constitutional institution in Turkey.”

              The following year, Mr Gulen faced charges of trying to undermine Turkey’s secular state.

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    • 2x4x8 says:

      can you tell me what happened to Jebs! political aspirations?

      Trump’s agenda wiped out old Republican, NeoCon, Establishment, Wall St line

      get it?

      Trump is gathering in GOPers leaving the old order behind, get on the Trump Train

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    • georgiafl says:

      Please say Betsy DeVos is not connected to the Muslim Imam Gulen School movement.

      There are Gulen charter schools all over the country. We do not need any Islamic influence in our public schools.

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    • rf121 says:

      She works for the President or she gets fired.

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  7. ZZZ says:

    Common Core deconstruction

    hope it turns into Common Core DESTRUCTION

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  8. GSR says:

    a big problem with education is immigration. Foreign kids who don’t speak English. Fix immigration.

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  9. Breitbart has a very misleading headline on this.

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    • lurker99 says:

      Considering that she clarified her Common Core position about 5 hours ago…..
      Both Breitbart and Infowars have inaccurate articles (If I wanted this, I would just watch MSM)

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      • CleanhouseinDC says:

        I’m confused. She spent three years deeply involved in an organization pushing Common Core, which she didn’t/doesn’t support. So what exactly did she do to improve or influence Common Core, or was she just being a hanger-on for money/fame or power?

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        • 2x4x8 says:

          Trump is against Common Core, thats all you need to know

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          • CleanhouseinDC says:

            No. Never will I blindly follow any politician in power, and everyday Trump is more and more of a politician. Trust is earned, not given. I gave him my vote based on his positions on the issues, yet I see him putting in place the same people who haven’t been fixing those issues. I will always going forward hold everyone who get my vote to be as accountable as I can.

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            • Ron says:

              So Trump saying he’s against Common Core, and her saying she’s against Common Core, isn’t enough for you?

              What was she doing with that organization? Hell if I know, and neither do you. Maybe she vacuumed the floor.

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              • fleporeblog says:

                Ron I am beginning to lose my mind with some of the stupidity being written here. DJT would never in a million years appoint someone that is an advocate of Common Core. States will be freed to decide what is best for them. Students will continue to be assessed and federal guidelines will be adopted that have to be met by the students in each state.

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            • I have never seen so much hand ringing, negative, suspicious and concerned commenter on this blog site as I have the since the election of our president elect. You folks need to take a deep breath a d let it out slowly. But if you belong to CTR crowd go tell Mr Soros it ain’t working. Good bye, so long, see ya, or from the 50’s, make like a banana and peal out of here.

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            • sunnydaze says:

              Have you heard of waiting til people actually DO something before making up your mind?

              I mean like, waiting for some EVIDENCE before deciding?

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            • Marc says:

              Can you wait and see what is actually done before you condemn? Lots of people backed Common Core early on and ditched it when it became a nationwide standard. Gov Huckabee is one such politician.

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              • cjzak says:

                We can, but people have to be accountable for their record. She was a proponent and supporter of Common Core. It’s in her background info. What she’s saying now seems to refute that.

                What the real story is we will have to wait and see, but CC is a big deal for me as I have been in the education field for 35 years and I see everyday how CC in my district has not been very successful, for the younger students especially. School administrators are finally modifying it somewhat at my state and local levels, because parents and teachers raised heck about it. CC needs to go away at the elementary level at the very least. Trump indicated he would help get rid of it and a lot of people believed him including me. I hope he doesn’t forget that.

                We just have to trust that he will find good people for these positions and fire anyone that doesn’t do as he asks. So far he has listened to the people and there’s no reason to believe he won’t continue to do so but he has to make the final decisions. We probably won’t like everything he does and that’s ok, but the big things he said he would do need to be addressed carefully. Only my opinion, but as I said, CC is a big deal for me and a lot of other people I work with.

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            • Former Lurker says:

              I hear you, but I’d imagine when you have to build a government within the existing power structure, sometimes you have to use the materials on hand.

              Healthy skeptics burned by previous politicians are understandable, but there is an element trying to peddle the “Trump is failing you already” line as psyops, so I’d be just as skeptical of prejudging Trump by what the underlings he decides to employ did in the past.

              The Team hasn’t played a down yet. We can kibitz about the draft picks, but I’ll wait until after the inauguration before I’m willing to turn a thumb down, or up.

              So far, I like what I see, and the right people (CNN, WaPo) hate it, so I’m optimistic.

              .

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            • 2x4x8 says:

              subordinates obey the command of the leader

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            • rf121 says:

              Maybe if you give the guy a chance to get sworn in and do something. He has not had a chance to do shit yet and here we go with “he’s a politician”. Un-Fing believable!

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            • Disgusted says:

              We do not aspire to be just like the left where everybody thinks exactly the same thoughts and holds the same opinions, lock step, remember? We are capable of divergent thinking on every issue except FREEDOM and THE CONSTITUTION. Neither of which are negotiable. No, no blind following! Sheep do that.

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        • barnyardboss says:

          she is now a politician- kapisch?

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        • SaguaroJack says:

          In politics you often have to work in a job or at a task that you don’t like, in order to have any influence on policy. Too, and I think this is so for Devos, you can start out thinking the organization thinks as you do on a major issue, only to find out as you go along that that’s not the case. You still don’t necessarily quit; you hang in there trying to change things. It’s frustrating, but if you get lucky you may end up in a spot where you get to make policy. If you believe her, that’s what’s happened to Devos. I’m willing to give her a shot because of her words above: “I’m not. Period.”

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  10. Brad says:

    Is Ryan running a poll to figure out what his opinions are? Get the word out there. We said NO to ObamaCare. Liberals are stuffing the opinions on the poll

    Paul Ryan Is Conducting Phone Surveys About The Affordable Care Act — Freep this poll

    http://www.business2community.com/us-news/paul-ryan-conducting-phone-surveys-affordable-care-act-fact-check-01711939#QESKDyz7FuS3lvJw.97

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  11. frogstamper says:

    Not really informed about this woman. I wish her well and hope she encourages critical thinking and analytical skills rather than government mandated revisionist history. And I admit that I see no need for a department of education.
    Seems to me that DJT is choosing whomever he wants for whatever reason – as is his hard earned and voter supported privilege. Time will tell who will live up to his expectations and who will not.
    We have a lot riding on this man. I pray our expectations are met in spades.
    A previous comment I made included observations about another issue. I could not get that post to be accepted. May God have mercy on us and reveal His Righteousness.

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    • frogstamper says:

      Also – who manufactures “boxed water.” Really wish she had another photo … Looks too much like an ad placement.

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      • Jenny R. says:

        There’s a company that makes it (in Michigan) — supposed to be “greener” than bottled water in plastic bottles.
        It’s all the rage with the organic food people from the college nearby…stores started stocking in awhile back. (I personally this it’s just tap water in a box, but meh, whatever).

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  12. LP says:

    I like the downstream effects of this appointment (hence policy).
    Looks like a mountain of tax dollars may now be released for productive purposes not for paying off the educrats.

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  13. fvedelacroix says:

    Dissatisfaction with public education goes way back – e.g., “From my great-grandfather, [I learned] not to go to the public schools, but to have good teachers at home, and to know that on such things a man should spend liberally.” Marcus Aurelius. Meditations I.4.

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    • Jenny R. says:

      So said a Roman emperor…how about the average Joe Roman?
      Yes, public education is a progressive movement…but progressive at a time when that name did not always mean such bad things.
      Not everyone can afford to homeschool, or have private tutors as not everyone is Marcus Aurelius.

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  14. Katherine McCoun says:

    I like what I hear Mrs. DeVoss saying in all videos I am watching. Rather than listen to talking heads on TV reading their scripts, I am researching her in her own words.

    She is BIG on school choice, focuses on lower income parents/students and their needs, is open minded to lots of various solutions to educational needs, talks about children not being uniform and that schools can not be like an assembly line. In the first video I hear echoes of John Taylor Gotto and in other videos echoes of Charlotte Thomson Isbyt (both have many videos on youtube although Gotto is not always easy to listen to).


    I am leary of charter schools. Very excited about educational control being returned to the states, the local communities and the parents. She is big on educational savings accounts similar to the child savings account/dependent savings accounts President Elect Trump talks about.

    I love her innovative ideas such as corporate tax innovation that is mentioned in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUGPZvnCxBg

    I am a homeschool mom and I like her very much so far. I hope that she reduces the Dept of Ed (fantasy to see it dismantled completely as it was left to us by Jimmy Carter), implements choice and supports parents taking charge of their own children.

    While I homeschool my own child I am encouraged that is peers will now be better education so that his generation won’t be a snowflake generation like what we see on the streets right now.

    Videos of her speaking that I am just now watching that others might want to watch too.
    In the first video she talks about why she quit the GOPe to work specifically on the issue of education and to be free of the PC and face the issues head on. Boy, do I like her so far!

    She has been consistently for school choice, innovative solutions and freedom. I have yet to come across her talking about common core in any of these videos.

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      As I listen, I also hear echoes of John Holt and the anti assembly line approach to education.

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      I am 1/2 through the 3rd video and it is great. Yes, she references lots of uniparty people. But many of these people will follow the leader when they have leadership and when that is the way the wind is blowing. She is not afraid to call out anyone in either party.

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    • ray76 says:

      Words are one thing, deeds another. Why is DeVos on the board of a Bush organization promoting Common Core? I don’t expect anyone here to explain that, but I do think DeVos owes an explanation, particularly since her words don’t square with her deeds.

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      • Ron says:

        what deeds? Have you bumped your head recently?

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      • sunnydaze says:

        Why not view the vids above that Katherine has posted?

        Or do you enjoy freaking out based on ……nothing.

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      • Katherine McCoun says:

        Deeds…her husband started a charter school like she advocates

        “Dick’s married to Betsy Prince DeVos, and the two run a charitable operation of their own, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, which they started in 1989 with the intention to “serve as faithful stewards” of greater society through “projects that build a strong community.” School choice is one of its areas of interest, along with community health, the arts, and neighborhood revitalizations. It’s awarded grants to such endeavors as Potter’s House, a Michigan Christian organization that runs two faith-based schools (an elementary school and a high school) within the state; and West Michigan Aviation Academy, an aviation-focused charter school in Grand Rapids. And for several years in a row, its biggest share of grant money went to the Education Freedom Fund, which gives needy children scholarships to private schools.”
        http://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2016/3/1/school-choice-but-much-more-making-sense-of-devos-family-phi.html

        Long time advocates of educational choices for low income families and have put their own money and their time into this issues – long before this campaign cycle!
        “Both Dick and Betsy DeVos are private school voucher advocates, having spent millions of dollars lobbying for this issue.

        In 1993, Betsy and Dick DeVos became co-chairs of the Education Freedom Fund, which gives scholarships to low income families in Michigan that can be used to attend a private school of their choice. They also served as the co-chairs of the Kids First! Yes! campaign, which backed an amendment that would allow vouchers and tax credits for K-12 schools in Michigan. This ballot-initiative lost, with 69 percent of Michiganders voting against it, according to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

        According to The Washington Post, Betsy DeVos is the chairman of the American Federation of Children, which helps support candidates who back charter schools, and Betsy and Dick have both given money to many pro-charter school organizations.

        The DeVos family says that they are working towards giving all parents the opportunity to send their child to the school of their choice. Many teachers unions decry their work and say that it is an attempt to privatize education.

        Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association, told The Washington Post that the Devos’ have “consistently pushed a corporate agenda to privatize, de-professionalize and impose cookie-cutter solutions to public education.”
        http://heavy.com/news/2016/11/dick-devos-betsy-husband-wife-education-secretary-donald-trump-michigan-businessman-richard-billionaire-run-governor-net-worth-right-to-work-school-choice-voucher-privatization-charity-foundation/

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      • entagor says:

        Because DeVos was big in the GOP in Michigan. Her name comes up periodically in morning talk radio in the Detroit area, She is one the the big (money/name) folk the Michigan GOP who pols schmooze. She is in the crowd who wear the nice clothes and appear at Party events. So the last GOP Mr. Big, Jeb, got her in his group. She get to make speeches, have panel discussions, more schmooze. Jeb got a Michigan political name on his group’s stationary
        Breitbart wasn’t wrong. DeVos’s membership was real. It was a Jeb education oriented group. I wouldn’t have joined the CC friendly group, but then, I wouldn’t join the CFR and study a north american union either.

        DeVos and Haley are similar appointments. Trump is plucking from the GOPe some card carrying Party establishment who have crossover. Trump is putting both into what I call trivial posts. Either one makes a move in the wrong direction, and that will be the real test of Trump’s end game

        From what I see here, Trump is poaching. To some degree it weakens the GOPe hold over the GOP

        All the folk trashing Breitbart. By publishing an article showing DeVos links to Jeb, Breitbart is making Trump less threatening to the GOPe. And to the extent the ladies are happy diddling in their new posts, it is a beacon to other GOPe ladies, a group that rejected Trump.

        If Trump starts pushing national standards, then I worry

        I rely on Breitbart despite the support for Cruz. Breitbart is still the leading news source next to Drudge. When Breitbart starts burying truth because someone fears it will hurt Trump, then I will dump Breitbart. IMHO Trump needed that report up front and in the open and it is best served by his side. Otherwise, it is a coverup, and it would be Trump who suffered credibility

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      In the 3rd video listed above she mentions how there is a different dynamic in charter schools when parents and students are choosing to be in the school v. just showing up as their forced school and being forced to be there. She talks about this beginning about 44:35. This is something that is talked about by Gotto and Holt and is even used as an argument against compulsory education. I am not (nor was she) advocating for repeal of those laws but it does change the dynamics.

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      • Ron says:

        Yes! That was a good argument she made. It’s an interesting video, several lefty teachers politely get up and try to provide counter points to what she’s saying, but basically they have no valid arguments…

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    • wondering999 says:

      John Taylor Gatto. NY Teacher of the Year… and after he retired he spoke his mind. And the NYC school administrators tried to “lose” his retirement funding information. Good, good man. If you have a minute, check out his website
      http://johntaylorgatto.com/

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    • School Choice/Charters are globalist communist coming out of Soviet model. This is SUPER BAD! They use corporate fascists to take control over local school boards which are unelected. Read about the Bill Ayers family operating with the Carnegie Foundation. The CF has been pushing Choice since 1934 it is the STRUCTURE they are after. Read and Learn- http://abcsofdumbdown.blogspot.com/2014/06/carnegie-corporation-behind-school.html

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  15. Major Styles says:

    As a teacher, I fully support anybody that wants to weaken the Union. They are largely people who do not work hard, and then use their “protected” status to keep themselves from being fired for subpar work.

    In short, the Teacher’s union has weakened the state of education.

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      Agreed. One of the most innovative, controversial and yet surprisingly simple act that President Elect Trump can do to help education is to reverse JFK’s presidential act and make unionization of government workers illegal. Instantly, the teachers union would be out of business

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    • Jenny R. says:

      I’ll admit to being leary of some of her political connections — but, if she can help to install something that weakens the union and implements some form of innovation that still encourages a oversight of standards in the curriculum that give schools, some well, standards, then ok.
      But I’m just being honest — I’m leary of her political connections.

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  16. JAS says:

    And then I see this on my homepage feed, from CNN no less:

    “6 ways Trump has flipped since Election Day” I wont link you to CNN – no free clicks for them.

    I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt but the MSM is way past that. They are just plain hate mongers, and more than Uber super-stupid. They are being taken for another big ride – AGAIN – by President Trump. It is just ROFL time for me :).

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  17. Howie says:

    And Hillary appointed/////////

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    • Howie says:

      I repeat…and Hillary appointed……..

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      • sunnydaze says:

        He’s gonna appoint Hillary for SOS, Mitt’s out.

        He feels bad for her and so, just like when Obama appointed her, she gets the Consolation Prize again.

        And now, let the hand wringing begin.

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        • lastinillinois says:

          Excellent.

          Then we can watch her slowly melt away, a la the Wicked Witch of the West, as she travels the world to bear 1st hand witness to the havoc she has wreaked.

          And maybe just maybe,if justice were to be done, she might happen to be traveling thru Libya the next time a ‘video blaspheming ‘the prophet’ happens to be released on YouTube ……..

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  18. Michael says:

    Don’t know why you say common core destruction as Ms. DeVos is a common core advocate.

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      I am interested in facts about Mrs. DeVos’ support of Common Core, outside of the fact that she was associated with groups that advocated common core. I read her statement on her web site. I searched for articles and speeches that were published prior to the last two weeks and found nothing from her supporting Common Core. Was she working in isolation from all uniparty players or in isolation from all common core supporters? No. She has been very active and has moved in circles that had overlap with Common Core. That has not been what she supported from what I have seen so far.

      Please do not post posts that just echo the MSM talking points. Can get that elsewhere!

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    • Ron says:

      Says who? She’s against Common Core. Trump is also against Common Core. Do you support Common Core Michael? I think you do.

      Michael is a common core advocate.

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    • Go away….😨 little one

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    • rf121 says:

      She works for the President or she gets fired.

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  19. NJF says:

    I’m seeing a pattern. Watched/listened to nearly all the shows on FBN today, and over and over, and over again pundits and Trump surrogates i.e., people like Huck and Newt, detailed why Romney is not the right choice for SoS.

    I expect next week he’ll announce Rudy, and MSM will look stupid if they try saying he should have gone with Mittens.

    They will of course will try to criticize him anyway, and they will once again look like idiots.

    #Winning

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    • georgiafl says:

      Well if anyone can clean up mess in the US State Department and set it right – Rudy Guiliani can.

      He is well-spoken, firm, sharp as a razor. He won’t be a pushover or allow immigration that hurts our country or violates national security.

      He-he-heh.

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    • sunnydaze says:

      I noticed that too, NJF.

      Lou Dobbs and Fred Barnes were really ripping Romney to shreds tonite.

      LOL. I almost sorry for him.

      Starting to think the reason Romneys name got thrown out there is so Mitt can get an idea of what people REALLY think of him.

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  20. I encourage people to read zerohedge. They actually vetted Devos. Her family funded the American Enterprise Institute where Rick Hess served as an advisor to David Coleman on writing the standards. Devos funded the Great Lakes Education Project which promoted common core. She funded Jeb!’s FEE which promoted Common Core at the national level. She believes in national standards. How on earth would anyone think she will eliminate common core? I feel betrayed

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    • Ron says:

      I think you should cry about it for awhile. Need a safety pin???

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    • I am very sure that the Trump team did and could vet her far better than you and by the way I don’t recognize your handle … new here?

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    • WeThePeople2016 says:

      Zerohedge points out that she opposed Common Core once it became a federal standard.

      Education Association Slams Trump’s “Anti-Common Core” Nominee For Education Secretary

      But perhaps what is most important is that according to sources, she opposed Common Core once it became a federal standard. To be sure, she confirmed as much moments ago when in a tweet she effectively warned that the Common Core Curriculum is on its way out.

      http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-23/education-association-slams-trumps-anti-common-core-nominee-education-secretary

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      Thank you for your advice. Next time including the link you reference would be nice. Found it. You might want to read the Whole article next time before you post. I am occasionally to hasty at times in my excitement and passion for an issue. Here is the link in case you would like to re read the article.

      http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-23/education-association-slams-trumps-anti-common-core-nominee-education-secretary

      Delighted to read the following in the Zerohedge article:

      “But perhaps what is most important is that according to sources, she opposed Common Core once it became a federal standard. To be sure, she confirmed as much moments ago when in a tweet she effectively warned that the Common Core Curriculum is on its way out.

      Many of you are asking about Common Core. To clarify, I am not a supporter—period. Read my full stance, here: https://t.co/qB2nAXvX0B
      — Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVos) November 23, 2016″

      She is a strong advocate of the money following the child rather than the child having to go where the money is waiting for them – i.e. their “assigned” school.

      The article also states that the NEA is very upset the with pick. that is a sure sign of a Winning Pick! 🙂

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    • Brad says:

      I’ll take Trumps word and judgment on this. Ultimately I would prefer eliminating the dept of education. And if not than a vocational training based high school program like in Europe and Asia. Once you are in high school you go to the college bound track or vocational track and learn a skill.

      Romney would be a disaster for SOS however. And would be a slap in the face to millions of his supporters. Drain the Swamp means Drain the Swamp

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    • Jenny R. says:

      Some national standards might be in order — would you trust a state like CA or IL to set their own standards? Yeah, that’s the problem. We have rot down to the municipal level; it will take a long time to fix.
      Just as long as it actually makes some sense and doesn’t go too far.

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      • lastinillinois says:

        I trust Illinois and California to set their (our) own standards, and I live in Illinois.

        I trust because I believe in competition and America first, and if Illinois and Cali want to dumb their kids down then the other 48 states will benefit at Ill and Cali’s expense until the voters of those 2 states get their heads out of their collective azzes and fix things.

        If it takes something so drastic, so be it.
        If things never get fixed in those 2 states, so be it.

        In the infamous words of Judge Smails:
        “Well, the world needs ditch diggers, too.”

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    • Timmy-the-Ute says:

      Do you need a safety pin.

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    • entagor says:

      http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-23/education-association-slams-trumps-anti-common-core-nominee-education-secretary

      Alaska Conservative is correct. ZH does state DeVos once supported Common Core
      DeVos originally supported the controversial standards at the state level, and funded a group, the Great Lakes Education Project, to promote them. Other notable Republicans who once backed those standards similarly changed their views, arguing that they were an example of federal overreach, including former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.). Bush faced tough questions from conservatives during his own failed presidential bid about his education policies, in particular Common Core.
      however
      But perhaps what is most important is that according to sources, she opposed Common Core once it became a federal standard. To be sure, she confirmed as much moments ago when in a tweet she effectively warned that the Common Core Curriculum is on its way out.

      No point picking on Alaska Conservative for a valid point. It is better to argue with facts. According to ZH, she was for state standards, but rejected federal standards

      DeVos isn’t my kind of conservative. I would never have been for even a State common core as it disenfranchises parents. There would be no place to go in a state to avoid state standards. She didn’t see that possibility as a problem. But DeVos is clearly now against a federal program

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  21. judyw says:

    The Secret History of Western Education: The Scientific Destruction of Minds
    Charlotte Iserbyt Documentary
    Charlotte Thompson Iserbyt served as the head of policy at the Department of Education during the first administration of Ronald Reagan. While working there she discovered a long term strategic plan by the tax exempt foundations to transform America from a nation of rugged individualists and problem solvers to a country of servile, brainwashed minions who simply regurgitate whatever they’re told.

    Part one of our exclusive interview with Iserbyt breaks down how conditioning/training under a corporate agenda has replaced traditional education, leading to a deliberate dumbing down of Americans. Iserbyt further explains how Reagan signed agreements merging the U.S. and Soviet systems under the United Nations banner, turning over education and many other areas of public policy to global control.

    This 74 minute exposé is a must see for anyone who wants to truly know why the education system is deliberately crafted to produce human drones with no critical thinking whose only skills are to be subservient, trust authority and follow orders.

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  22. Cheezus says:

    Common core:
    Math, English, Science, History, Economics, Shop and Physical Ed. Throw in a library too.

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  23. I like that her brother is Erik Prince..founder of Blackwater. Good family.

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  24. Pam says:

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    • Brad says:

      Hmmm. I know the Ricketts attacked Trump but after Trump secured the nomination they publicly backed Trump and helped his campaign financially as well. This appointment seems like a payback for their financial support.

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  25. bar-revue says:

    I am a former public school teacher. I quit to home educate my own children. They are grown now, but I maintain an intense and passionate interest in education. The education system is such a tangled web at this point that personally I believe dismantling the Department of Education prematurely could keep the system from being reformed. Teacher’s unions are the real villain in all of this and their lobbyists are much more active at the state level than at the federal level. If everything were turned over to the states at this point, I am afraid it would get much worse. Many states have already adopted the Common Core State Standards and would not give them up without a huge fight. It just seems to me that winning one big fight against this wretched standards based system would be much more efficient than having to win fifty smaller battles.
    Common Core is a disaster, but from my study, not because of many of the reasons that I hear people complaining about it. It is really a system of thought or thinking control. The only way to “master” the standards is to think the way they want you to think. At least that is how you score well on the state accountability tests which is how they measure “achievement”. All I can say is that I would rather be poor and destitute than subject my children to public education. I thought it was bad when I was teaching, but it is so much worse now.
    BTW — I love and trust Mr. Trump. That will only change when he proves himself untrustworthy. That does not mean making a mistake or making a decision that I do not fully understand. All three of my children voted in this presidential election and they all supported Mr. Trump — my oldest is a college graduate and my two daughters are attending college now.

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    • Ron says:

      Thank you for your support of President Trump, Thank you for the years you spent teaching our children, and Thank you for delivering your three children’s votes for Mr. Trump!

      True Patriot here, folks!!!!!

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    • Greyledge Gal says:

      “It is really a system of thought or thinking control. The only way to “master” the standards is to think the way they want you to think. At least that is how you score well on the state accountability tests which is how they measure “achievement”. All I can say is that I would rather be poor and destitute than subject my children to public education.”.

      Under Common Core, eventually it will make no difference whether you home school, send kids to private school, charter school, etc., because of exactly what you write – every child must pass the state accountability tests to receive grade promotion and final diploma.

      To that I would add that many college-bound children must also score well on the PSAT and SAT tests in order to qualify for entrance to most major colleges/universities (the ACT also exists but is not accepted by some major Universities/Colleges).

      The Common Core guidelines were initially written by the College Board/EST who write/administer the SAT and AP (Advanced Placement) Exams. The goal is to make it impossible to score well on these tests if a child has not been taught based on Common Core standards.

      I agree that the fight now is to eliminate Common Core in every State. As you write, this will be very difficult as it is already entrenched in many school systems. Fortunately, many State legislatures are currently controlled by Republicans. The battle is to get those folks on board with eliminating the standards.

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  26. rf121 says:

    My alcohol consumption is having a hard time dealing with all the negativity. Enjoy the turkey. MAGA.

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  27. avannr says:

    And one report was that she paid a pretty penny to prohibit any kind of accountability expectations on charters in MI. She and he husband created a charter. Why would she be so afraid of this? If we really look at the data and compare equally to public schools, charters don’t necessarily do better. Plus they kick out all the special Ed, ESL and behavior problems. That’s what’s turning public schools downward. It’s like segregation.

    I also don’t like that the head of the education department has no education or experience with teaching and education. She went to private and her kids went to private. We need to get back to respecting and trusting teachers!

    She should be required to go into an urban school and teach for a week…she might have a different perspective.

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      Her husband’s charter school had a diverse group of students including students from urban schools. She knows the urban schools are failing and that is why she is fighting hard for children in urban areas to have a choice of where to attend school. Children from families with financial options are not stuck in failing schools. They will move, send them to private schools or homeschool. Watch her videos. You will see that is the urban and poor families that she is fighting hard to help.

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      • avannr says:

        So why not go help make the public schools better? Why not keep schools anchored in the neighborhood? Why create for profit schools? Why leave the most needy and problematic kids in the inner city public schools?

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      • Dan says:

        Local experience with “school choice” has been bad. Hard to be interested. Our local high school, one of the best in the region, basically destroyed itself with “open enrollment” that allowed people from outside the district to apply.

        In the 80’s/90’s, we used to have graduating classes with 15-20 National Merit Scholars per 500 students. Now its a big deal if we have 1, some years it has been zero. Used to be a multi-state regional powerhouse in music and sports. Now those programs are a joke, embarrassments, really.

        There weren’t behavior problems, now vandalism, and disconnect from the community.

        Not sure what happened, other than open enrollment that brought in kids from “failing schools” and turned the local schools to “diverse” failures.

        It often isn’t the schools, but disintegrated families and no moral compass or work ethic. Schools really can’t fix that, not the least because they are prohibited by state law from addressing such things.

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  28. avannr says:

    Why bash teachers? Most are hard working and want the best for their students but are not allowed to do what’s best because of orders from their principal and or superintendent or education dept. It’s not the union that dictates how teachers teach. There are other issues with unions, but that’s a different issue. The south has no unions, in general, and they have lower scores than northern states that have unions. Same with Finland-a country with high scores AND unionized teachers.

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  29. maggiemoowho says:

    Betsy Devos is a teacher union worst nightmare, that makes her 100% ok in my book. Unions hate charter and private schools, therefore we need more charter and private schools. Go Betsy Devos, give the unions hell💪🏻👊🏻🇺🇸!!! #MAGA

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  30. Bob says:

    Isn’t she pro common core?

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  31. Eliza says:

    Was very happy about this appointment!

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  32. Gov Jay says:

    Why doesn’t Trump just get rid of the Department of Education?… we could say the same thing about Energy, HUD, EPA, etc… allocate block grants to the states…

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    • Troublemaker says:

      Even if he plans to get rid of them, or severely limit their scope, he first has to appoint the cabinet position. You then go through the transition period of unwinding the agency (which will involve congress unfortunately). Look to see if the cabinet pick is someone who has previously indicated doing away with the agency–block granting–or sending most of the responsibility back to the state. Who would be better to head up that transition period? I’ve seen a couple so far. We will just have to wait and see what happens.

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  33. Illegal says:

    To understand the mess the education system you need to know of the past history and those involved. One part of this history involves the Clintons.

    “The “Dear Hillary” letter, written on Nov. 11, 1992 by Marc Tucker, president of the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE), lays out a plan “to remold the entire American system” into “a seamless web that literally extends from cradle to grave and is the same system for everyone,” coordinated by “a system of labor market boards at the local, state and federal levels” where curriculum and “job matching” will be handled by counselors “accessing the integrated computer-based program.”

    Tucker’s plan would change the mission of the schools from teaching children academic basics and knowledge to training them to serve the global economy in jobs selected by workforce boards. Nothing in this comprehensive plan has anything to do with teaching schoolchildren how to read, write, or calculate.

    Tucker’s ambitious plan was implemented in three laws passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1994: the Goals 2000 Act, the School-to-Work Act, and the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act. These laws establish the following mechanisms to restructure the public schools:

    Bypass all elected officials on school boards and in state legislatures by making federal funds flow to the Governor and his appointees on workforce development boards.
    Use a computer database, a.k.a. “a labor market information system,” into which school personnel would scan all information about every schoolchild and his family, identified by the child’s social security number: academic, medical, mental, psychological, behavioral, and interrogations by counselors. The computerized data would be available to the school, the government, and future employers.
    Use “national standards” and “national testing” to cement national control of tests, assessments, school honors and rewards, financial aid, and the Certificate of Initial Mastery (CIM), which is designed to replace the high school diploma.
    Designed on the German system, the Tucker plan is to train children in specific jobs to serve the workforce and the global economy instead of to educate them so they can make their own life choices.”
    http://www.eagleforum.org/educate/marc_tucker/

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  34. Bugsdaddy says:

    Sundance I have to disagree with your evaluation. Ms Devos had been the epitome of GOPe here in Michigan for many, many years. She was a supporter of Bush and his Common Core initiative. She also has been very supportive of consolidation of school systems(hence reducing local controls).
    That being said, I have a great deal of faith in Mr Trump and his decisions. I will say that when he makes a mistake he is not afraid to correct it and move on (as opposed to the political class who just hid their mistakes).
    I just hope in this case you are right and I am wrong.

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    • Actually, the consolidation movement started in the 1950s, but really took off in the 1960s and 1970s. Finally, the public caught on and the movement stopped. Public figured out it was the superintendent’s salary that was causing the cost problem. Also, sadly the teacher union movement got fired up just about the time the consolidation movement was dying.
      Do you see a pattern here? Remember the math curriculum wars of the 1980s and 1990s?
      And now there is Common Core. By the time a majority of the public catches on, the leftist/progressive/communist/whatevers are ready to drop the offending program and take up the new one that nobody knows about … yet.
      Perhaps a Constitutional Amendment establishing Separation of School and State is necessary? /sarc

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  35. William says:

    Do you remember, if you are old enough, when politicians used to say how we need to reduce and eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in the government in order to reduce the size of the deficit? Commissions carried out studies to show how much waste, fraud, and abuse could be eliminated. What ever happened? Nothing. The reason? Mis-identification of cause of a problem. All the talk about eliminating or scaling back the Department of Education, or any other department for that matter, is the same thing. Trump is for reducing the Federal Government’s role in education. The proposed new secretary wishes that every child get the best education possible. Does she believe the government must make sure every child gets the best education possible? If she does, then she cannot be for fundamental change in the government. She has to be for increased government involvement of education. Contrarily, I believe the government must not make sure every child gets the best education. Frankly, it’s not their responsibility, period.

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  36. Notmeagain says:

    So many new names here.
    Focus on three words: “break the bureaucracy.” I suggest all else flows from that.

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  37. Objectively measuring educational achievement and ability is a tool for measuring value. If you want to know if a given learning method is effective (which affects its value, obviously), you need to measure its inputs and outputs objectively.

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  38. Apfelcobbler says:

    The dysfunctional emotionally broken Snowflake Generation is living proof of the utter and complete failure of the public school system. Dissolve it immediately!

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  39. Apfelcobbler says:

    The current crop of emotionally shattered Snowflakes is proof that the Dept of Ed needs to be dismantled. They are the product of dysfunctional administrators and “educators”. D of Ed belongs in the dustbin of subversive mind control experiments.

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  40. Sherlock says:

    More good news: Nancy Pelosi screaming about this appointment. “Vouchers divert funds from public schools…blah, blah.” Yes, and more importantly, Nancy, it diverts bodies from public schools and out from under the leftist monopoly that our public schools have become.
    GO TRUMP!!

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  41. Dennis Leonard says:

    This is off her web site,

    Q: There’s been a lot of talk about Common Core. Can you provide some straight talk on this topic?

    Certainly. I am not a supporter—period.

    I do support high standards, strong accountability, and local control. When Governors such as John Engler, Mike Huckabee, and Mike Pence were driving the conversation on voluntary high standards driven by local voices, it all made sense.

    Have organizations that I have been a part of supported Common Core? Of course. But that’s not my position. Sometimes it’s not just students who need to do their homework.

    However, along the way, it got turned into a federalized boondoggle.

    Above all, I believe every child, no matter their zip code or their parents’ jobs, deserves access to a quality education.

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  42. scott says:

    Apparently, DeVos is on the Advisory Board of Bridges of Understanding and contributed funds to it, which is a 501C3 corporation that includes pro-muslim curriculums in middle schools. Won’t offer an opinion on it so go there and read for yourself and make your own opinion.

    https://bridgesofunderstanding.org/

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  43. jente says:

    DeVos doesn’t want to dismantle Common Core. She just wants to call it by another name. While I understand the need for some national standards, as long as the way people like DeVos seek to achieve them means that it takes a full page to calculate 3+2 and that answer need not necessarily be 5, I don’t see it as being productive.

    Also, she and her husband are for unregulated charter schools. While that may sound good on its face, it’s important to note that one of the fastest growing charter school chains in the US is owned by Fethullah Gulen whose schools are nothing more than thinly-veiled Muslim madrasas and there are tons of other charter schools that are based in ideologies that are seditious in nature, all receiving billions in funding from the federal government.

    Further, there are two core problems that are NEVER addressed by so-called experts in education: University curriculum for teachers and the abject (and deliberate) failure of ESL.

    Prior to the 1970s, those in college teaching programs obtained a degree in a specific subject and went through a short certification program and student teaching. The teaching certification program primarily focused on record keeping, lesson plans and classroom conduct. Both of these curricula were rigorous and school districts sought teacher candidates with high GPAs in subject matter and demonstrated ability in the classroom.

    During the 1970s and 1980s all of that changed. Rather than acquiring subject matter mastery, education students were funneled into Interdisciplinary Studies, a curriculum adopted by President Carter’s newly founded Department of Education, largely authored by progressives / leftists like Bill Ayers.

    Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) majors do not acquire subject matter mastery. Instead, they take short blocks of classes in a wide range of disciplines rather than a single subject. The justification for this curriculum was making teachers more flexible, but it actually undermined their expertise. They became Jacks of all trades and masters of none. In addition, teacher certification was incorporated into the IS degree program with an increased focus on classroom “activities” for students (busywork) and political correctness.

    As an example, I was required to have more classroom hours in English as a History major than a person who was preparing to teach English. The quality that makes a good teacher is passion for the subject they teach. As in all things, progressives / leftists found a way to destroy the core of the profession. As a result, not only did the teaching profession fail to attract passionate people, but due to its lack of rigor, it began to attract those who weren’t able to obtain a degree in anything else. At the same time, school districts were convinced by the Department of Education and the NEA that it was better to hire teachers with lower GPAs because it made them less lofty and more able to communicate effectively with their students.

    Both of my parents were educators from the 1950s through the 1990s and were also very involved in the teachers union at the local, state and national level. Prior to the 1980s teachers unions had been held at bay by their own members with the exception of pay and retirement negotiations. Teachers viewed themselves, rightly, as highly skilled professionals who didn’t require the intervention of unions in other matters such as their competency, disposition or character.

    No amount of pay increases or other incentives for teachers can produce competency where it does not exist.

    However, with the influx of teachers who lacked the skills and professionalism of their predecessors, they felt vulnerable to challenges of their knowledge and qualifications and gave the unions more and more power for their own protection. Now the teachers unions have so much power that even teachers who are incompetent or lack the character to instruct our children can’t be fired.

    The trajectory of curriculum for teachers and its ensuing effects on the profession and results in the classroom are never discussed by the so-called experts. Neither are any substantive policy changes to confront the ever growing numbers of non-English speaking students, likely as a result of political correctness. English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculum, as currently mandated by the federal government, rarely results in English fluency. Instead of adopting emersion programs that are much more successful in assimilating students linguistically, scholastically and culturally, ESL programs perpetuate students’ reliance on their native language.

    In France, for example, intensive instruction and tutoring in French for non-native speakers is available, but students are required to take all other classes in French. Sometimes repetition of classes may be required before bridging the language gap, but no stigma is attached. This has a positive impact for students in higher education and careers with fluency in French firmly established. In the United States, however, ESL students continue to receive instruction in math, science, history and etc in their native language.

    Sorry, I got a little carried away.

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  44. dbethd says:

    http://www.debbieschlussel.com/83731/betsy-devos-affirmative-action-pimp-islamo-panderer-guess-who-her-brother-is/
    “A lot of conservatives are gushing over Betsy DeVos, the rich chick whom Donald Trump chose today as his Education Secretary. They claim she’s a good choice because she supports charter schools and school choice. Don’t believe the hype. I have personal experience with this woman, and she’s an alarming choice–especially if you are concerned about America’s kids being indoctrinated with Islam at school. Here’s why . . .

    As many readers know, I’m a lifelong Michiganian (I HATE the term “Michigander”–I ain’t a male goose). So I know a lot about Betsy DeVos, most of it not very good.”

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