Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education with a tie-breaking vote by the Vice-President. Opposition to her confirmation was intense and protracted because she has no public school experience and has contributed heavily to advance her anti-public school agenda.

Now she is echoing that tired, old rhetoric that her opponents are merely those who are against “new ideas.”

Of course, her “new ideas” are any and all alternatives to the public common school.

Often public school personnel and advocates will not speak out in opposition to nefarious “reforms” from the nation’s Capital and groups such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) for fear of being labeled as an opponent of education improvement.

As Secretary DeVos performs on the national stage, the public should expect her to continue to hammer those who oppose her choice agenda. Public school personnel and advocates must push back on that brand of rhetoric.


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