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As Covid-19 Takes Toll, DeVos Denounced for New ‘Craven’ Public School Privatization Scheme

July 3, 2020

This Common Dreams article is a supplement to my earlier post on President Trump’s misbegotten idea of expanding the use of public funds for private schools. I especially like this extended quote from Senator Patty Murray calling out the hypocrisy of linking school choice with Civil Rights. Anyone with any knowledge of the voucher movement knows that it was initially introduced as a means of side-stepping Brown v. Board of Education. To now claim that it will enable any child to attend any school is preposterous! Here’s Senator Murray’s quote:

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, warned in a statement Thursday that “Secretary DeVos and President Trump are using this pandemic as an excuse to push an ideological privatization agenda that would divert much-needed funds away from our public schools that serve approximately 90% of students across the country.”

“Right now, our public education system is facing unprecedented challenges—public schools are scrambling to implement safety protocols with limited funds, millions of education jobs are on the line due to looming budget shortfalls, and families across the country are struggling with a chaotic, uncertain reality,” Murray said.

“On the anniversary of Civil Rights Act of 1964, it’s also important to note the pandemic has exacerbated severe racial inequities that have long existed in our education system,” the Washington Democrat continued. “If Republicans have any sincere interest in addressing these inequities, they should show it by working with Democrats to invest in public education and address systemic racism rather than siphoning resources away when they’re needed more than ever.”

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