Response to Jan. 23 blog post, “Prominent Philadelphia charter players have varying opinions of DeVos” by Dale Mezzacappa.
I think it's very clear what DeVos will do – because she's been doing it for 20 years. She has quite a long record of supporting the diversion of public dollars toward private, for-profit education. That is her mission – a Crusade-like campaign to divert public dollars into religious and private schooling regardless of student outcome.
The current president's $20 billion federal voucher proposal is precisely the type of policy DeVos and her organization, American Federation for Children, have supported in states throughout the country. So this idea that we should somehow wait and see what she'll do is a farce. Someone whose life goal is to dismantle public education should not be the secretary of education. Period.
The writer is a policy analyst in the office of Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent Hughes, Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee.