In a televised interview last August, presidential candidate Donald Trump said he wanted to cut the U.S. Department of Education down to “shreds.” His central K-12 education proposal would shift more than half of federal K-12 education funding into a voucher-style program—a policy even a GOP-controlled Congress rejected in 2015. And then, the president-elect nominated Betsy DeVos—a longtime champion of private school vouchers—to serve as our country’s next secretary of education.
With such hostility toward public education, Trump underscores his aim to privatize education—from cradle to career—as well as his plan to scale back the federal Department of Education’s resources.
The above excerpt was originally published in Education Week.
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