Like it or not Betsy DeVos is the new U.S. Education Secretary. And many are not happy about it - her nomination almost crashed the White House phone system (with complaints not compliments) and only became reality when our keeping it tight and right Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie—vote in her favor. It appears teachers, school administrators, grizzles, and even some Republicans don’t like the Michigan Christian that likes to give money to climate-changing deniers and the white right that causes fright.
Latinos aren’t likely to embrace her either and here’s why:
1) Never Sent Her Kids to Public School or Attended Herself
DeVos not only did not attend public school she did not send her four children. Worse critics say she is not an advocate of the public educational system but rather “school choice” with a leaning for fundamentalist Christian education (FYI – they don’t like foreigners or foreign ideas). The reality is public schools are the choice for Latinos where they will represent nearly 30% of all attendees by 2025 according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The issue of education is an important one for Hispanics. Accordingly to Pew Research “Roughly eight-in-ten (83%) cited education as very important to their vote in the 2016 election.”
2) Tonta – English Translation Doesn’t Know Much about Much
DeVos made it very evident during her rigorous confirmation hearings she doesn’t know her ABCs as it relates to the public school system, education policy or school finance except she is a master at writing checks to for-profit institutions that she has a invested interest in. Apparently her only source of employment has been the Republican National Party and Latinas do praise her ability to marry the Amway billionaire. In a Q&A with Senator Al Franken she couldn’t explain the difference between proficiency and growth. And when pushed for her involvement with public education she claimed to have been a “mentor”, otherwise known as a volunteer.
3) Supports Banning Gun-Free Zones in School
What can be said of a woman that advocates for guns in school to hunt grizzles (in Wyoming specifically) guns but that are more likely to kill innocent children. DeVos has publicly stated she supports President Trump’s plan to lift the ban on Gun-Free School zones. The reality is U.S. Latinos suffer gun-related deaths more frequently than whites. The victimization rate according to a recent study is almost double.
4) Position on For-Profit Schools Like Trump University is Murky
Secretary DeVos has been coy about what her position is on for-profit institutions like her bosses Trump University and other sham schools that take students money, pile them with debt and give them a degree that isn’t even useful to line the cat litter box with. DeVos is the leading proponent of charter schools in her home state of Michigan. And an advocate for taking money from the public school system for those charters and 80% of those charters are run by for-profit organizations. She has been hanging around with folks that want to ease regulations on those for-profit institutions.
Latino students and other minority students enroll more frequently in for-profit colleges than white students; these schools tend to be more expensive to attend. As a result, these minority students become more heavily indebted more than their white counterparts at other schools. In fact many Latinos never even graduate and are burdened with school debt for years.
5) Bad Familia: Married Into Founding Family of Ponzi Scammer Amway and Related to Founder of Blackwater Ops Murderer of Innocent Iraqis
They say you know someone by the company they keep and DeVos’ marriage and familial relationship say a lot. She is married to Dick DeVos, son of the co-founder of Amway, Richard DeVos. Can anyone say Ponzi scheme though the DeVos’ might counter and say “multi-level marketing” (MLM). In 2007 the company paid one of the largest fines in MLM history at $150 Million for selling its “secret” to fame and fortune. It seems you are always a $40 CD or $250 seminar away from making millions so you can buy your way into politics. And they sell a lot of pipe dreams with 2016 sales pegged at $8.8 billion.
Latinos beware! Amway Global has made a noted effort to increase its Hispanic outreach to obtain more “distributors” yet they have a ways to catch up to uber-scammer Herbalife where 60% of their distributors are Hispanics.
Then there is DeVos’ brother, Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater USA, a private military company – are you scared already. The company is “The most comprehensive professional military, law enforcement, security, peacekeeping, and stability operations company in the world”. Surprise surprise at least 90% of its revenue comes from government contracts, two-thirds are no-bid contracts. And if the name sounds familiar it’s because they are tainted with the Nisour Square massacre that killed 17 Iraqi civilians and injured many others. Several Blackwater employees were tried and convicted for the incident.
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