Mercedes Schneider: Don’t Let Betsy DeVos Do to the Nation What She did to Detroit

Mercedes Schneider: Don’t Let Betsy DeVos Do to the Nation What She did to Detroit

Diane Ravitch's blog

Mercedes Schneider reviews the ruination of public education in Detroit while under the thumb of Betsy DeVos. She relies on an article that appeared in Truthout by Joseph Natoli.

Natoli wrote:

“Privatization of all things public has slammed Detroit as gentrifying investors seek to put price tags on what was previously public domain. In predatory fashion, privatizers are targeting the city’s struggling students as a new frontier for profit.

“How weak and vulnerable is public education in Detroit? The Nation’s Report Card, published by an independent federal commission, named Detroit Public Schools the country’s “lowest-performing urban school district” in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015. In 2011, a Republican state legislature and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder repealed a statewide cap on the number of Detroit charter schools. The floodgates were opened and privatizing predators rolled in.

“Bankruptcy following the collapse of the jobs that fueled the “Motor City” has exposed Detroit…

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