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Betsy DeVos spent four years as Secretary of Education for President Trump, buried in a mountain of criticism. She was a warrior for school choice, and thus a lightning rod for attacks from educational institutions, what she endured in the hands of the injured could fill the entire book.
This week she announced a counterargument. Devos’s new book, “No Hostages Anymore: Freedom of Education and the Battle for the Future of American Children,” is not only the peak behind the curtain of the Trump administration, but the people and policies that have plagued her. It’s a refusal while she was part of it.
DeVos has no trouble with her agenda. “I have worked in the state for over 30 years to promote school choices, advise the governor and drive reforms, and have made a long journey to come to Washington to defend freedom, another approach. “She writes.
For DeVos, freedom of education means freeing public schools from union-controlled, zip code-determined, and government-run monopolies. “It means empowering families to choose how and where the education costs already specified for their children will be spent.”
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Opposition to her fight for freedom of education came at a tremendous pace.
“Elizabeth Warren was one of the coldest people I’ve ever met,” DeVos wrote about the Democratic Senator in Massachusetts. Immediately after her nomination was announced, Warren told her, “Random, Page 16 The “letter” accused her of being completely unqualified for the job. After her confirmation hearing, Warren refused to wave her hand.
But DeVos is pleased to expose Warren’s hypocrisy. “”[A] In a book I wrote with my daughter 10 years ago, Warren agreed with me. She correctly diagnosed that the problem with American education is that parents who have money can already choose a school — by moving to a good school district. Meanwhile, middle-class and lower-class families were stuck in bad schools. DeVos cites Warren’s book. Pay the inflated price for the house. … A well-designed voucher program fits the bill well. “
“Face-to-face,” wrote Devos. .. She exercised her choice. But I believed that all parents should make the same choice, so she fought my nomination. “
Former Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Senator DN.J, was another more personal disappointment for DeVos.
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Prior to being sold out to the union and opposed to school selection, Booker was Newark’s prestigious parent school selection mayor before being elected to the Senate in 2012. “Corey and I [served] Throughout the 2000s, we were together on a public school choice organizing committee, “says DeVos.
“Corys was a valuable voice for the school choice movement. He spoke on behalf of the Americans who were hurt by the current system. He was positive and positive about all the failed promises given to the poor family. It was frank, “writes DeVos.
But when it was time for Trump’s cabinet to vote for DeVos, Booker kept pace with his party to vote for “no.”
“I’ve been involved in politics for a long time. Politicians … for example, Morally adaptable,“Devos said,” But Corey’s betrayal has hit me deeply. He not only turned his back on me, but also expected someone like him to do the right thing, millions. I turned my back on as many children as possible. ”
Devos describes the Booker’s union-friendly U-turn as follows:Due to the school selection movement [eight months earlier].. Even for Washington, it was a breathtaking reversal. “
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Approaching these and other “morally adaptable” politicians is the Almighty Teachers’ Union, and DeVos is probably one of the only powerful special interest groups in democratic politics. Even the United States portrays it. “For me [Cory’s ‘no’ vote] It was anthropomorphic of what would happen when the party was managed by a special interest group … I was disappointed and hurt by Corey’s actions, but I wasn’t surprised. He was running for the Democratic nomination in 2020. He was unable to betray a well-funded and organized group of stakeholders who seized the political future and held the children hostage in their hands. Cause of interest. “
The union also has Republicans in the palm of their hand.
DeVos talks about Alaska’s Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who faced a tea party challenger in a reelection bid in 2010. To stop him, the teachers union put his weight behind Murkowski. The tea party candidate won the primary, but in the general election, with the help of the union, Murkowski won the primary. They supported her again in 2016, and in 2017 Murkowski was one of two Republicans who opposed the DeVos nomination.
After her confirmation, DeVos traveled to Alaska at the invitation of Murkowski, but only stood up.
“I wanted the trip to Alaska to create goodwill with Senator Murkowski, but her staff managed my itinerary from the beginning and tried to promote traditional public schools and union offices. “I did,” she recalls. “In the end, despite her invitation, Senator Murkowski didn’t seem to really want me in Alaska. She even appeared on a visit arranged for both of us at the school at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks. Didn’t .. Her staff said she was still in Anchorage because the flight was delayed due to ash from volcanic activity with limited visibility around Denali. Sorry, she joined me. But a few hours later, Marcuski was discovered. I arrived at the airport of Fairbanks, leaving the state. She was in town all the time. “
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DeVos spends many pages of books explaining what she believes the union-managed politicians enable and support. In the last two years, millions of children have suffered long-term unnecessary school closures, but DeVos believes her parents have awakened to this harsh reality.
For those who are still asleep, “no more hostages” means a call to awaken.