During the coronavirus pandemic, Betsy DeVos has cracked down on those struggling to pay student loans, attempted to reroute funding away from public schools, and continued her crusade against public education in favor of charter schools. But failed politician Jonn James is standing in lock-step with DeVos as she continues to hurt Michigan students and families.
James has previously said DeVos is doing “very, very good” at the Department of Education and made clear he’s “all for” the Trump Agenda. The DeVos family and their top executives have rewarded James for his support by spending nearly a million dollars to prop him up – making him one of their top candidates this cycle. And even today, the “shady” super PAC primarily funded by the DeVos’ launched another attack ad to smear Gary Peters and benefit James.
“The DeVos family has already poured nearly a million dollars into the race to prop up John James, because they know he’d be a rubber stamp for Betsy DeVos’ anti-public school agenda,” said Michigan Democratic Party spokesperson Elena Kuhn. “James has demonstrated he cares more about siding with DeVos to fill his campaign coffers than doing what’s right for Michigan’s students and families.”
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Washington Post Opinion: Betsy DeVos is an abysmal failure and our nation’s schoolchildren are paying the price
- Months after schools across the country closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus… this would be the moment, you’d think, when the nation’s top education policy official would step up and attempt to offer leadership and best practices going forward. Instead, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is missing in action, at least when it comes to the issues that matter most
- It’s not that DeVos isn’t hard at work — it’s just that she’s not devoting her efforts to what we would assume a federal education head should be prioritizing. For DeVos, the pandemic is no obstacle to pushing her long crusade for charter schools and “school choice,” not to mention cracking down on people struggling to repay student loans.
- She’s attempted to reroute a portion of the $13.5 billion in the Cares Act dedicated for K-12 funding needs — money that’s supposed to be distributed based on poverty and need formulas — to independent and religious schools. She continues to promote school choice and the use of vouchers.
- She’s fighting efforts by colleges to include undocumented students among the recipients of money designated for helping students in need. And her Education Department has continued to collect student loan payments from borrowers in default even though the Cares Act had suspended such collections and the department had promised to comply.
- “It is absolutely mind-blowing that the basic functions of the department are not getting done because she is so ideologically against public schooling,” says AFT president Randi Weingarten. “The level at which the Department of Education has abdicated responsibility for the safety, well-being and instructional success of the 90 percent of children in America who go to public schools is stunning.”
- Shocking, yes, but hardly surprising. Over the past 3½ years, DeVos has done yeoman work supporting the nihilistic approach of the Trump administration, backing budgets that would take away money from everything from after-school activities to the Special Olympics.
- Time and again her pet causes have taken precedence over what’s best for teachers and students. Now, facing an unprecedented crisis for education, DeVos has again abandoned the field. She deserves an F for her time in office.
The Michigan Democratic Party launched JohnJamesRevealed.com to hold the failed U.S. Senate candidate accountable for his positions – including those made over the course of the 2018 campaign that he then tried to delete after losing that campaign. For the first year of his campaign, James was largely in hiding from Michigan press and voters to try to paper over his out-of-touch record, and has only come out of hiding after facing scrutiny from Michiganders.