New state school superintendent announces transition team
Incoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jill Underly has announced her transition team, a notably diverse group of people heavy on public school advocates. “They represent a broad group of stakeholders and each bring a passion for public education and a commitment to helping our new administration fulfill our pledge to build a public education […]
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos heads for the exits, leaving a legacy of turmoil
WASHINGTON—In four years in office, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos failed to broaden her appeal beyond the moment she won a wild Senate confirmation fight by the closest of margins. She didn’t even try. Instead, the billionaire Michigan native and Republican megadonor championed private and charter schools, often trying to funnel federal funding toward them. […]
Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks’ controversial charter school
Diane Hendricks, the Beloit billionaire caught on film in 2011 urging former Gov. Scott Walker to make Wisconsin a “completely red” “right-to-work” state, has a new project — a charter school that will focus on serving low-income students in her adopted hometown. The Lincoln Academy, which received conditional approval from the Office of Educational Opportunity […]
Why is the Milwaukee county executive race so important to Betsy DeVos?
Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s Secretary of Education, has long funded politicians who support voucher and charter-school schemes through her group, the American Federation for Children. The same American Federation for Children has funded school privatization efforts all over the country. Betsy DeVos is partly responsible for one of the biggest school reform disasters in the […]