As reported by Education Week’s Alyson Klein, U.S. Secretary of Education DeVos explained that she’s really quite shy, as she mostly talked up her Education Freedom Scholarship Plan when addressing the Education Writers Association. It gives as much as $5 billion in federal tax credits to individuals and corporations who contribute to organizations which, in turn, “give money to help kids cover the cost of private school, public school choice, transportation, dual enrollment courses at a community college, after-school programs, and more.”
- “I don’t enjoy the publicity that comes with my position. I don’t love being up on stage or any kind of platform. I’m an introvert.”
- “As much as many in the media use my name as clickbait or try to make it all about me, it’s not. Education is not about Betsy DeVos nor any other individual. It’s about students. It’s about acknowledging the innate value of every single one of them.”
- “The Education Freedom Scholarships proposal should be appealing to everyone… More freedom and more freedom in education will ultimately mean better experiences and more excellence at every school.”
- “It’s important that adults have adult disagreements on adult time and not ultimately hurt kids in the process. And I think too often they’re doing so by walking out of classrooms and have their arguments in the way that they are… Really great teachers should be compensated more, but the system is really forcing them into a box that doesn’t recognize them as the individuals that they are… Great teachers should be making at least half of what Randi Weingarten [American Federation of Teachers president] does at a half million dollars a year.”
You get the idea. Oh, and when asked if she’ll stay on should Trump be re-elected, she said, “I’m not sure my husband would be okay with that.”
Just gotta ask: How about you?