It is very possible that Betsy DeVos may actually have been naive enough to believe that her humiliating and disastrous appearance on 60 Minutes recently was the worst thing that could happen to her political career. If so, DeVos was very, very wrong… which shouldn’t come as a surprise.
For the second year in a row, the budget put forth by Congress for the most part ignores what DeVos and President Donald Trump have outlined in terms of cuts to education. The cuts proposed by DeVos and Trump were supposed to gut after-school and mental health resources.
Congress also ignored DeVos’s request for $1 billion to boost charter and private schools, per The Washington Post. DeVos had requested a total cut to education spending of $3.6 billion. But Congress’s bill actually increases department funding by $3.9 billion, with absolutely no funding for what DeVos refers to as her “school choice” program.
Senator Parry Murray, ranking Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee wanted to clarify to DeVos that this loss was a personal one, and to that end stated:
“After more than a year on the job, I would have hoped Secretary DeVos would have learned by now that her extreme ideas to privatize our nation’s public schools and dismantle the Department of Education do not have support among parents or in Congress, but unfortunately that does not seem to be the case. I’m proud to have worked with Republicans in Congress,” continued Murray, “to flatly reject these ideas, and increase funding for programs Secretary DeVos tried to cut, including K-12 education, civil rights protections, college affordability, and more.”
One hopes that whatever education DeVos herself has obtained allows her to read the writing on the wall.