February 7, 2017

Otequay of the Ayday

Public education edition:

In some ways, DeVos' appointment is more important than even that of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Arguably, by freeing the public schools and pushing educational decision-making away from the nation's capital and the union halls and down to the district and parental level, she could have a much bigger potential social and cultural impact than almost anything one person on the high court might do.

This is especially true for poor and minority kids, who stand the most to gain from school choice. Those poor and minority kids are now tied to union-run, failed inner-city schools. Imagine the possibilities if, for the first time, they and their parents can choose success instead of failure. That's a revolution.

Economist Thomas Sowell on Tuesday called DeVos' nomination and the coming education battle an "opportunity ... that may not come again in this generation." He's exactly right.

-Investors Business Daily

Education Quote of the Day Posted by JohnGalt at February 7, 2017 6:31 PM

Well, jg has his IBD, and I have my Denver Post??? Whaaaaa?

For more than 20 years DeVos has pushed for greater choice in education, including public charter schools and vouchers for private schools, and for more accountability. Colorado of course has been a leader in charter school development for two decades, with more than 12 percent of students now attending such schools. In Denver, some charters boast among the best records in the state at elevating test scores of impoverished students.

It will be good to have such a forceful advocate for charters -- her husband actually founded one -- leading the Education Department.

Posted by: Jk at February 8, 2017 3:08 AM

Well, blow me down! DP Editorial Board supports her, and a reform agenda: sell the stocks, Martha!!

Posted by: nanobrewer at February 8, 2017 8:53 AM

Indeed -- they weaseled it up a bit, but I am impressed.

Posted by: jk at February 8, 2017 10:45 AM | What do you think? [3]