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DeVos could destroy public education for children of color

DeVos could destroy public education for children of color

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MAKE NO MISTAKE. The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as secretary of Education on Tuesday is a direct attack on America’s children of color.

That’s because black and brown children now constitute the majority of students in America’s public schools. And according to the National Center for Education Statistics, the percentage of whites is expected to continue decreasing, the proportion of blacks will remain steady, and the number of Hispanics will trend upward, reaching 29 percent by 2025.
President Trump can’t build a wall to keep those students out. But with the confirmation of a patently unqualified Secretary of Education, he can do something infinitely worse. He can ruin those children’s chances of competing with their white counterparts.
If that is Trump’s intent, there is no better person for the job than Betsy DeVos.
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Photo: Protest of Betsy DeVos, Upper Senate Park, January 29, 2017,  Victoria Pickering/ Flickr Creative Commons

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