Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the Secretary of Education today by a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. She has been a controversial choice for the position because of her progressive view of education. Her “pro-school” stance says that an individual’s zip code shouldn’t be the determinant for future learning and success. Instead, private or charter schools can be chosen instead, and tax dollars could be reassigned accordingly. This is a controversial view of public education, and I think that reallocating tax dollars away from traditional public schools may be fine in some locations, but I feel that small communities may suffer as a result. This could end up leading to poor-performing school districts and cities to perform even worse. There are so many unique cases, and I feel like her “pro-school” approach could be difficult to implement.


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