Betsy DeVos’s War on Public Schools

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David - you "use" a public

David - you "use" a public school system every time you encounter a retail clerk or public employee who can (or can't) read and write, and every time you want to hire an employee with (or without) the basic skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic. Or encounter a citizen who is so woefully ignorant that they vote for obviously stupid things and people.

Public schools are a vital part of our infrastructure.

Mike 117 days ago

"The bottom line: Families

"The bottom line: Families that never used the public schools, that are neither poor nor living in a neighborhood with a "failing school," can get taxpayer dollars to reduce their tuition, even as the public schools are forced to slash programs and keep per-pupil spending flat."

Huh!!!! I have 4 kids. I have never used public schools. I pay taxes that are used to support public schools. I also pay tuition to send my kids to private schools. I live in a state without vouchers of any kind.

WHY SHOULD I BE TAXED TO SUPPORT A SCHOOL SYSTEM I DO NOT USE??? ALL I ASK IS THE CHOICE TO SPEND THAT MONEY ON THE SCHOOL OF MY CHOICE. I AM ALSO VERY OK WITH NOT HAVING THAT VOUCHER PAY FOR RELIGION CLASSES IN THAT SCHOOL. I WILL PAY TUITION FOR THAT.

I hope that the all Republican Exec and Legislative branches in the US and now my state (KY) will enact school choice and allow parents to choose where they send their kids. The public school system in the US IS A DISASTER AND HAS BEEN FOR 50 YEARS!

David 137 days ago

This article hits all the

This article hits all the talking points that validate what School Choice advocates are saying. Ms. Conniff pretends that public school spending is miserly, that charter schools don't do a good job, and that parents shouldn't have a say in their children's education. She also seems to believe that our schools exist for the purpose of favoring poor and minority students and disfavoring others. It's an extension of her collectivist mindset that elites should control us because they will choose better. Americans don't like that control and they aren't convinced that the collectivists will choose better. Their evidence is the lackluster results of our antiquated public school system. They instead want to try sensible reforms. But that would dilute the collectivists' control over others, and so must be opposed.

Phyl 146 days ago

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