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Jill Underly, candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction (photo courtesy of Underly)

New state school superintendent announces transition team

BY: - May 4, 2021

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 […]

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Photo by Gage Skidmore. (Creative Commons license CC BY-SA 2.0)

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos heads for the exits, leaving a legacy of turmoil

BY: - December 19, 2020

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. […]

Diane Hendricks, chief executive officer of ABC Supply Co., smiles during a company meeting at a hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, U.S. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Hendricks, whose ABC Supply is based in Beloit, Wis., was

Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks’ controversial charter school

BY: - July 7, 2020

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 […]

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland

Why is the Milwaukee county executive race so important to Betsy DeVos? 

BY: - April 3, 2020

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 […]