DeVos Criticizes Condition of U.S. Schools, If Only There Was Something She Could Do About That
On Monday, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos gave a speech to dozens of state superintendents that her office described as “tough love,” but can more accurately be characterized as an indictment of the bang-up job she and the president she serves are doing for America’s schools.
“Right now a student is being bullied somewhere for only wanting to read, pay attention to the teacher and learn,” said DeVos, who revoked former President Barack Obama’s guidance to schools that transgender students should be able to use the restroom of their affirmed gender identity. “Right now a student at school is stepping over rats, breathing in mold and dodging fists,” said DeVos, who serves under a president whose budget slashed education spending by $11 billion, which included money for school safety.
Some superintendents argued, incredibly, that they shouldn’t be expected to do less with more. “All of the cuts that are proposed do make it more difficult to do some of the things that people here want more of,” Illinois state schools superintendent Tony Smith told the AP after he and his colleagues met with DeVos. Agreed North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Kristin Baesler, a Republican: “It certainly makes our job harder to keep our students safe when our resources are being cut back or eliminated.”