Rather than focus solely on funding, we must be willing to make the tangible, structural reforms that will allow students to reach their full potential.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have done this since their founding. They started from the fact that there were too many students in America who did not have equal access to education. They saw that the system wasn’t working, that there was an absence of opportunity, so they took it upon themselves to provide the solution.
HBCUs are real pioneers when it comes to school choice.
– Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, rounding out Black History Month, 2017, by pretending HBCUs exist for any other reason than the style of Jim Crow education she’s trying to reproduce
I have decided, however, to stop taking offense at the suggestion that we are buying influence. Now I simply concede the point. They are right. We do expect some things in return. We expect to foster a conservative governing philosophy consisting of limited government and respect for traditional American virtues. We expect a return on our investment… Furthermore, we expect the Republican party to use the money to promote these policies, and yes, to win elections.
– Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, 1997
Our desire [in education reform] is to confront the culture in ways that will continue to advance God’s kingdom.
– Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, 2001
Murphy: Do you think guns have any place in or around schools?
DeVos: That is best left to locales and states to decide. If the underlying question is —
Murphy: You can’t say definitively today that guns shouldn’t be in schools?
DeVos: I will refer back to (Wyoming) Senator (Mike) Enzi and the school he was talking about in Wyoming. I think probably there, I would imagine that there is probably a gun in the schools to protect from potential grizzlies.
Murphy: If President Trump moves forward with his plan to ban gun free school zones, will you support that?
DeVos: I will support what the president-elect does. If the question is around gun violence and the results of that, please know that my heart bleeds and is broken for those families that have lost any individual due to gun violence.
Murphy: I look forward to working with you, but I also look forward to you coming to Connecticut to talk about the role of guns in schools.
– Potential Education Secretary and Anti-Public School Activist Betsy DeVos, January 17, 2017