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Betsy DeVos Says Charter Schools Make Public Schools Better...
Mar 12th, 2018 at 11:03pm
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Betsy DeVos Says Charter Schools Make Public Schools Better. Her Home State Shows That’s Not True.

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The education secretary made a bizarre claim on ‘60 Minutes’ that just doesn’t stand up to the facts.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos fumbled through questions about school choice during a 60 Minutes interview on Sunday night as she tried to claim that charter schools she has long advocated for improve traditional, public schools. But she couldn’t say if her theory applied to her home state of Michigan when pressed by Lesley Stahl.

“I hesitate to talk about all schools in general... Michigan schools need to do better,” said DeVos.

Before joining the Trump administration, DeVos advocated for school choice—spending money meant for public schools on charter and other private schools—in Michigan as a lobbyist for the American Federation for Children. School choice supporters call for public funding, typically in the form of vouchers, to be given to students who want to go to private schools. According to an in-depth Washington Post report, The DeVos family backed the Great Lakes Education Project, which lobbied legislators to lift a cap, which was lifted in 2011, on the number of charter schools allowed in Michigan.

“I have not unintentionally visited schools that are underperforming,” in Michigan, DeVos said. “Maybe I should.”

Recent test scores indicate that maybe DeVos should check in on Michigan. Students at many Michigan schools, particularly charter schools, are underperforming.

From 2016 to 2017, English scores for students between third and 11th grade dropped in all but one grade, according to yearly test scores released by the Michigan Department of Education. For the past three years, less than half of students from the third grade to the eighth have tested at a proficient reading level.

Michigan has the highest number of for-profit charter schools in the nation, according to a 2013 report from the National Education Policy Center at University of Colorado. Students at these schools don’t perform as well as students at nonprofit charter schools, the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University reported in 2017. Thirty-eight percent of charter schools were below the 25 percentile ranking of Michigan schools, the Detroit Free Press reported in 2014.
  

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Re: Betsy DeVos Says Charter Schools Make Public Schools Better...
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Embarrassing.  These were questions that any competent administrator (and her staff) should have anticipated prior to such an interview.
  

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forgotten centrist wrote on Mar 13th, 2018 at 1:07am:
Embarrassing.  These were questions that any competent administrator (and her staff) should have anticipated prior to such an interview.


Whenever she got cornered by questions about her general policies, she'd say something like, "this is about individual students" ....

Bleh.
  

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Ulysses wrote on Mar 13th, 2018 at 1:17am:
Whenever she got cornered by questions about her general policies, she'd say something like, "this is about individual students" ....

Bleh.

Yeah because we all know that Charter schools pick the best apples (individuals) out of the bunch
  

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Re: Betsy DeVos Says Charter Schools Make Public Schools Better...
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Ulysses wrote on Mar 12th, 2018 at 11:03pm:

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Students at many Michigan schools, particularly charter schools, are underperforming.

From 2016 to 2017, English scores for students between third and 11th grade dropped in all but one grade, according to yearly test scores released by the Michigan Department of Education. For the past three years, less than half of students from the third grade to the eighth have tested at a proficient reading level
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Where's the details?

Me thinks there is way more public schools than charter schools
  

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