Betsy DeVos wants the public to pay for her anti public school agenda. That’s @#&%ed up.

Betsy DeVos is insanely wealthy. She could finance her anti-public education plans all on her own but instead she wants the public to pay for it and in the process she is harming public education and sadly she is more than happy to do so. 

In 2016, the family was listed by Forbes as the 88th-richest in America, with an estimated net worth of $5.4 billion. On November 23, 2016, then-President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would nominate DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education in his administration.

From NPR,

In a new rule announced Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos signaled she is standing firm on her intention to reroute millions of dollars in coronavirus aid money to K-12 private school students. The CARES Act rescue package included more than $13 billion to help public schools cover pandemic-related costs.

The move comes nearly two months after the Education Department issued controversial guidance, suggesting that private schools should benefit from a representative share of the emergency aid. Lawmakers from both parties countered that the aid was intended to be distributed based on how many vulnerable, low-income students a district serves.  

The new rule gives school districts two choices about how to spend their aid money: 

Option 1: If a district wants to spend the money on interventions that will reach all students — not just low-income students — it must also pay for “equitable services,” such as tutoring or transportation, for all private school students in that district. 

This is a hotly disputed interpretation of the CARES Act that would force public schools to put hundreds of millions of dollars toward private school services. According to an analysis by the Learning Policy Institute, this reading of the law would increase private schools’ share of CARES Act dollars from $127 million to $1.5 billion. 

Option 2: A district can instead choose to focus its share of CARES Act money on low-income students. In this case, it would only need to provide equitable services for private schools based on how many low-income students those schools serve. 

Advocates also say that the rule’s additional restrictions would severely limit how the money could be spent. For example, under the second option, the money can only go toward helping low-income students. That means it can’t be used to, say, clean and disinfect all of a district’s schools because not only low-income students would benefit, says Sheara Krvaric, a partner with Federal Education Group, a law and consulting firm that helps states and school districts understand federal education policy.While the second option appears to favor low-income students, public school advocates say this alternative is onerous and unworkable for many districts. Some under-resourced schools would be left out, they say, because under the new rule, the money can only go to schools that received federal Title I dollars in the 2019-20 school year. But not all schools that are eligible for Title I aid ultimately receive it, due to funding limitations.

So they “must” pay for services of children that go to private schools? Um how does that make any type of sense?

That or the district can ignore the children at higher income schools, you know because they won’t have any needs. 

Both or these options are poison pills designed to hurt public schools and force them to share their money, what little they have with private businesses. Plus friends its not like public schools don’t have enough going on. Hey district I know you are trying to survive and plan for the fall but go ahead and figure out how you are going to divvy up what little you have with private schools. 

This is shameful, unconscionable, gross and just plain wrong. 

How did we get here?

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