(BISMARCK, ND) – North Dakotans know that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos isn’t right for our public schools. Aside from being wildly unqualified for the position at hand, her radical education agenda doesn’t work for North Dakota. While DeVos has pushed to privatize education and for online charter schools, North Dakotans know that these schools provide a lesser quality of education to students and take money away from much-needed rural school districts.
DeVos’ anti-public education agenda is anti-North Dakota, and that’s why North Dakotans overwhelmingly opposed her nomination. Yet Kevin Cramer has taken $21,600 in campaign contributions from the DeVos family, begging the question: will Cramer stand with North Dakotans against DeVos’ anti-education agenda or with the financiers bankrolling his campaign?
“DeVos is among the least qualified for the intended job because of her uninformed and ideologically skewed views of public education. Her ignorance was on display during her Senate committee hearing during which she was unable to answer even softball questions about long-standing education policies.
The objections [to Devos] crossed party lines, which makes sense in North Dakota where public education occupies a special place in the history and heritage of the state. …
DeVos, on the other hand, has virtually no experience with public schools. Her billionaire status has insulated her and her family from attending public schools, or even acknowledging them. It has been suggested that her familiarity with public education is limited to her having driven by a public school now and again. That might be a generous assessment.”
Williston Herald Editorial:
“DeVos’ confirmation hearing betrayed a stunning lack of preparation about some of the most basic facets of education in the United States.
Given her long-standing support for charter schools, it’s hard to see what benefit DeVos could offer our state as Secretary of Education.”