Jason Crye, in a December 2, 2016 Fordham publication, described Betsy DeVos as “a wily and battle-tested reformer, someone with clear goals who knows how to fight and make reform happen.” His conclusion seems to be: reformers should support DeVos because she is one of us.

DeVos has a record of intense interest in education but all of her advocacy has been directed to replace the public common school with charters and vouchers. Reform to the “reformers”, including DeVos, means to destroy the public common schools.

“Reformers” have bastardized the word reform. Reform means to improve by alteration, correction of error or removal of flaws.

Every generation of public school personnel and advocates have implemented reforms. Reform is not new to those involved with the common school system. But the modern day “reformers” demand replacement of common schools with private providers.

District boards of education, public school personnel and public education advocates need to mobilize to resist the anticipated efforts of the USDOE to further cripple and destroy the common school system.


William L. Phillis, Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding