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Betsy DeVos, historic black colleges were not a choice but a necessity

03 March 2017

Though the ostensible goal of the event "was for officials from a number of federal agencies.and Secretary DeVos to hear about HBCUs", Kimbrough wrote on Medium, "there was very little listening to HBCU presidents today". If an upper-middle-class or rich family uses a voucher to help pay for a private school their child already attends, it takes away money from public schools.

Following that meeting, she said in a statement that a key priority for the administration was to help develop opportunities for underserved communities, and praised HBCUs for fulfilling that mission all along. DeVos' statement noted that advocates and policymakers shouldn't focus "solely on funding" but instead "be willing to make the tangible, structural reforms that will allow students to reach their full potential". These institutions are now referred to as Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). The founders of historically black colleges and universities didn't look at the education landscape and see a system that "wasn't working"; they saw racist institutions that comprised a system in which students of color faced overt discrimination.

Booker's vote against DeVos shows a real inconsistency in his school choice views and Democrats' shallow interest in what is best for students. "They are living proof that when more options are provided to students, they are afforded greater access and greater equality".

"HBCUs were created for African-Americans because they had no choice and were unable to attend schools due to segregation laws", Lane told POLITICO. HBCUs were literally a response to institutionalized racism in America.

DeVos may want to spend more time studying up on the position gifted her by her friend, than making statements that are uniformed, but truthfully isn't this just like Asshat's administration? This isn't because they aren't intellectually capable of doing well in school. When the the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964, 19 states were operating racially segregated higher education systems.

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Stephen Kleinsmith, superintendent for Nixa Public Schools, said he was initially frustrated by DeVos being appointed, but that he and his colleagues prioritize a hopeful, professional perspective.

A 2016 Brookings Institution report found that in some areas charter schools are leading to school resegregation.

President Trump listens as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a meeting with parents and teachers on February 14. But, when put in the context of the Brookings report, could there have been a more sinister message in what she said?

At least we know, alas, she's a quick learner.

"The ideology of how to go about educating millions of young people throughout our country is changing from what we have traditionally known as public education to more privatization considerations", Kleinsmith said.

Betsy DeVos, historic black colleges were not a choice but a necessity