National teachers’ unions are prepping an assault on Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick to lead the education department. According to the Washington Post, the unions are urging teachers to contact senators to tell them to vote against her.
Why? Well, the union bosses say she’s an “ideological extremist.” NEA president Lily Garcia says Betsy DeVos “has made a career trying to destroy neighborhood public schools.” Randi Weingarten, union boss for the American Federation of Teachers, says Trump has chosen “the most anti-public-education nominee in the history of the education department.”
Now, folks, it’s true: Betsy DeVos has had choice words for teachers unions over the years. And it’s true she’s a strong proponent of charter schools. But there’s more to it than that.
Let’s take the NEA accusation that she wants to “destroy neighborhood public schools.” Uhhh, Democrats and teachers’ unions have already done that! In city after city, we have failing schools which “graduate” woefully unprepared students. Others just drop out. Violence plagues the worst schools and parents have no say in choosing better schools for their kids.
What Betsy DeVos really threatens is the stranglehold that teachers’ unions and the Democrat Party have had on public education for decades. Democrats have allowed teachers’ unions to have their way in exchange for hefty campaign donations, while our public schools have become a national embarrassment. They’re little indoctrination centers. They’re propagandizing the kids. The teachers’ unions are afraid that that party — that the propagandizing and the indoctrination — is gonna end.