Betsy DeVos is President Trump’s nominee for the Department of Education, an appointment that she is clearly not qualified for, and an appointment that would put the education of those with disabilities in jeopardy. As the Department of Education Secretary DeVos in the Donald Trump administration, she would be the administrator for federal education dollars and policy, which has significant impacts on Special Education Children.
Lack of Education Experience
DeVos attended a private school for her K-12 and graduated from Calvin College a private university. She has never attended a publicly funded school during her entire educational experience. She also has no experience administering an educational institution of any kind. She has however been active in think tanks and lobbying efforts in Education areas, known for her strong advocacy of using public funding for privately owned schools through various methods including school vouchers.
Her lack of experience in the public education system, and lack of experience dealing with the administration or work experience in any form of educational institution is extremely concerning to me. The five prior Secretaries of Education, John King Jr., Arne Duncan, Margaret Spellings, Rod Paige and Richard Riley had significant experience in administering educational institutions before their appointments to oversee the Department of Education.
No Idea About IDEA
What is very concerning however for persons with disabilities is DeVos’s lack of understanding to the civil rights of persons with disabilities when it comes to their education. Not only did she refuse to answer any questions about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) but she just seemed to not even understand what it is.
Unqualified For Appointment
For the reasons stated above DeVos is unqualified to lead the Department of Education. These reasons have nothing to do with her religious or social beliefs or what she has done with her money. She just really doesn’t have the experience or knowledge to be in charge of educating our children.