Betsy DeVos will make a terrible Secretary of Education.
I say this not because she paid for some right-wing union haters to demand that the Park Ridge school district fire me. I taught for 30 years and I was the union president.
I say this not because she is a bumbling fool or because she is inexperienced.
She’s experienced enough as a public school destroyer, thank you. And that’s what she was hired to do.
The truth is I haven’t really been happy with Secretaries of Education in a long time.
Rod Paige? Maggie Spellings? Arne Duncan? John King?
Will Betsy be worse?
Yes. But with less federal power.
And there are these wins:
She was the first cabinet appointment that needed a vote by the Veep to win approval.
Millions of people contacted their Senators in opposition to a cabinet position nobody cared about a couple of administrations ago.
Who was the first Secretary of Education?
I’ll give you hint.
She was appointed by Jimmy Carter.
Her name was Shirley Hofstedler. And by the way she was a lawyer and judge with no background in education. Nobody heard of her.
So now people are paying attention and that’s good.
Does anybody think the two Republicans who voted against DeVos would have been allowed to do that if they didn’t think DeVos was guaranteed and had the numbers?
Does anybody think that the Democrats would have voted in lockstep against DeVos and talked all last night if they weren’t afraid of you?
It’s another (partial) win for The Resistance.
I’m pumped. What’s next?