As expected, the Senate today confirmed Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education by the slimiest of margins, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie.
Democrats conducted a historic campaign against DeVos, so they’ll be whining about how they lost. But the reality is that America’s public school kids have won, who now will have a better chance to receive a quality education.
To appease the teachers’ labor unions, Democrats looked ridiculous in coming up with reasons to dump DeVos: She never taught; she doesn’t know enough about education. But the unvarnished truth is that they hated her because of her advocacy of charter schools and vouchers. To put it as bluntly and truthfully as possible, it was a teachers’ union power play to preserve their jobs, benefits and pensions. And to hell with poor and minority students who would have an opportunity to liberate themselves from the planation of failing inner city schools such as those in Chicago.
When progressives talk about the need to free government from the grips of special interest groups, they ignore the clench that the teachers’ union have on the Democratic Party. That Democrats are spinning into orbit is about the best recommendation that any Education Secretary could have. Someone who will disturb that comfy relation between self-serving education unions and the government they control in order to put vital decisions about their children’s education back into the hands of the parents.
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