Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Rethink Authority Given to Education Agency

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Rethink Authority Given to Education Agency

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Federal bureaucrats have too much power over local schooling Reprinted from the Intelligencer Wheeling News Register. Confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education means the end of public schools as we know them, her critics have charged.

There was enough concern about that among senators that 50 of them voted against her. For the first time in history, a tie vote over a Cabinet nominee had to be broken by the vice president.

It is true that DeVos is a proponent of school choice. She believes public money ought to be made available to private charter schools to give students and parents options.

Charter schools, indeed, can be a good alternative to public schools that are failing - and big cities are full of them. Just saying no to the idea, as some liberals and the education establishment prefer, makes no sense. …

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