NYTimes Upshot Writer Naively Assumes that Betsy Devos’ Voucher Plan Would Fail
The following is a letter I dashed of the to NYTimes in response to an article published on November 23 in the Upshot section. It probably won’t be published, but it emphasizes the point that Mr. Carey’s basic premise is flawed:
Kevin Carey’s Upshot article on November 23 dismissed the notion that Betsy DeVos would be able to privatize public schools through vouchers. I believe he is mistaken. ESSA regulations have not been approved as yet, and with Mr. DeVos in control of the Department of Education I foresee a marked reduction in the regulations on the use of the Federal funds. Moreover, with the passage of ESSA, states are given the opportunity to use federal funds in any way they see fit. With 33 statehouses under the control of Republicans it is possible that many state regulations will be similarly loosened. The net result could be the widespread use of vouchers. As for his assertion that “Ms. Devos will also be hamstrung by the fact that her deregulated school choice philosophy has not been considered a resounding success”, I remind Mr. Carey that in the face of hard evidence her party believes climate change is a hoax and many assert that evolution is just a theory.