Betsy DeVos named Secretary of Education

| November 25, 2016 | 2 Replies

President-elect Donald Trump announced Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of the Department of Education.  Shortly after the nomination, DeVos put up a statement on her website, very recently created, explaining her position on common core.  It was a huge surprise to the Stop Common Core in Michigan team and MANY in the grassroots to read her claim that she was AGAINST Common Core.  She wrote,

Q: There’s been a lot of talk about Common Core. Can you provide some straight talk on this topic?

Certainly. I am not a supporter—period.

I do support high standards, strong accountability, and local control. When Governors such as John Engler, Mike Huckabee, and Mike Pence were driving the conversation on voluntary high standards driven by local voices, it all made sense. 

Have organizations that I have been a part of supported Common Core? Of course. But that’s not my position. Sometimes it’s not just students who need to do their homework.

However, along the way, it got turned into a federalized boondoggle.

Above all, I believe every child, no matter their zip code or their parents’ jobs, deserves access to a quality education.

At Stop Common Core in Michigan we have been working hard to repeal and replace common core in Michigan for many years.   DeVos has never contacted us to ask how she may assist us in our efforts to stop common core.

We will be posting a formal statement regarding our thoughts on her appointment on Monday.  But for now, here are some links to posts we have previously written about our experience with DeVos and Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP) along with links from others around the internet.

Articles about the DeVos nomination
Donald Trump nominates pro-common core Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

America is getting bamboozled by Betsy DeVos

Jeb Bush Praises Donald Trump’s Choice of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education (this article quotes Karen Braun and Tom McMillin)

(More links will be added as time permits.)

Previous posts about DeVos and GLEP

GLEP and DeVos a “primary” influence.
GLEP endorsements and why they matter.
What the state, Gates, and DeVos want they are (NOT ) going to get!

Together we can defeat Common Core and the push for a P-20 cradle to grave education system for workforce development.  Stay tuned, this story is NOT over.

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Karen Braun is a writer and conference speaker on issues related education and family life. Her work has appeared in the American Thinker, Crosswalk, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, WatchDog Wire, and various other websites and magazines. She has also appeared on TV and radio venues. Along with blogging, Karen also enjoys homeschooling, running marathons, and spending time with her husband, their six children, and two grand children. For more information please contact Karen at spunkyhomeschool at gmail dot com
  • TheTimeIsNow

    “..Have organizations that I have been a part of supported Common Core? Of course. But that’s not my position. Sometimes it’s not just students who need to do their homework..”

    How does a child respect those who are teaching them anything if their ‘mentors’ are admitting (themselves) that they cannot even agree on the most simplistic of values TAUGHT well ‘before’ anything is ever proposed or presented to them?

    is it ‘Jeb” and his CC cronies on their big monied boards suddenly requiring dunce caps here or ‘Betsy’ by claiming that this was NOT a “federalized boondoggle” from the very beginning?

    Botton line:
    Betsy is claiming (now) that people “need to do their homework” regarding the evidencing of how she (evidently alone) fought CC at the highest boardroom levels not to mention current pro-CC legislation (disguised) in her own state.

    Her above statement taken in no other possible manner?

    That she spent all that time needing to do “homework” herself given no evidence or contact whatsoever with the #1 (and only) brave individuals very publicly actually’fighting’ Common Core in her own state.

    If this can be explained any simpler than the above?

    She deserves to be the Secretary of Education and the history books need to be re-written in regards to her financial support or even private long term anti-CC involvement right here in Michigan.

    Betsy DeVos in Roll Call (1997):
    “…“I know something about soft money, as my family is the largest single contributor of soft money to the national Republican Party. I have decided, however, to stop taking offense at the suggestion that we are buying influence. Now I simply concede the point. They are right. We do expect some things in return…”

    How much ‘return on investment’ would the private or even silent support of Stop Common Core in Michigan have earned (by now) had those sacrificing for YEARS on absolutely nothing (while being considered public enemy #1) NOT been treated like redhead step-children almost unanimously in Lansing; not to mention in every local Republican stronghold statewide?

    These people (SCCM) have been political outcasts constantly fighting crushingly significant legislation with no help whatsoever from anyone ‘by design’ (period).

    They need to be supported very publicly, loudly and quickly or the timing (already late) will be lost and any political leverage involving the talking points/evils surrounding SB33/510 with it.

    • StopCCSSinMI

      Thank you