So the next Secretary of Education doesn’t know what the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is.
She thinks schools should have guns in case of Grizzley bears.
I have to admit that I found Al Franken’s gotcha on the debate over growth scores and competency a little confusing myself. I get that it showed that Betsy DeVos has little knowledge of school jargon. But, I mean, what was the past administration’s position on this alleged debate?
Given the time allotted, the Committee’s Democrats did the best they could to undermine the inevitable Secretary of Education.
I found myself wondering: Where was this sharp grilling when Arne Duncan was sitting before them? In so many ways, he set the groundwork on charters and privatization where Betsy will now try and take us.
But for those who opposed Arne Duncan on the basis that his Department exemplified too much federal control, we will now get Betsy “Let-the-states-decide” Devos.
Make America state’s rights again.
This will not be good news for parents of special needs children who depended on federal mandates, often weakly enforced and underfunded – but still there.
Watching the hearings I skipped my plan to begin watching season four of Shameless.
As it turned out, Shameless was exactly what I was watching.
What could be worse news than Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Eduction?
Prince’s sister, Betsy DeVos, is Trump’s nominee for education secretary and she has all but vowed to embark on a crusade to push a privatization and religious agenda in education that mirrors her brother’s in military and CIA affairs. Prince has long been a contributor to the campaign of fellow Christian warrior Mike Pence, and he contributed $100,000 to the pro-Trump Super PAC Make America Number 1. Prince’s mother, Elsa, pitched in another $50,000. That organization, run by Rebekah Mercer, daughter of billionaire hedge funder Robert Mercer, was one of the strongest bankrollers of Trump’s campaign.
According to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, in December Prince attended the annual “Villains and Heroes” costume ball hosted by Mercer. Dowd wrote that Palantir founder Peter Thiel showed her “a picture on his phone of him posing with Erik Prince, who founded the private military company Blackwater, and Mr. Trump — who had no costume — but joke[d] that it was ’N.S.F.I.’ (Not Safe for the Internet).”
Not even Trump is brazen enough to give Prince a public post in his administration. But Prince is operating in the shadows, where he has always been most at home.
There will be no Senate confirmation hearing of Erik Prince.