Betsy DeVos blames unions for COVID learning loss, touts school choice in op-ed

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FFormer Education Secretary Betsy DeVos praised several states for enacting expanded school choice programs in a Monday op-ed, touting the policy as the solution to public education system failures.

“The lamentable failures of the government-led, union-controlled education system have been laid bare for all to see over the past two years,” DeVos said in a statement. Washington Examiner editorial. “Students across the country have suffered unthinkable learning loss, unprecedented mental health issues, and lost time and opportunity that can never be recovered or replaced. These failures, layered on top of multiple pre- COVID, are devastating.”

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DeVos particularly blamed teachers’ unions, which have pushed for extended school closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic, for the hardships faced by students nationwide.

“The most recent data concludes that it will take students three to five years, on average, to catch up academically to where they would have been had the pandemic school lockdowns never happened,” she said. writing. “The long-term damage inflicted on them by school union bosses and their allies who have kept schools closed is inexcusable.”

But with the failures of the public school system becoming increasingly evident, DeVos continued, parents and state governments across the country seized the moment and began pushing for policies that would weaken or eliminate union control. on public education.

DeVos praised Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R-AZ) in particular for championing the nation’s most expansive school choice program. Under legislation enacted this summer, every student in Arizona is eligible for a $7,000 tax credit scholarship that can be used for all kinds of school-related expenses, including college tuition. private schools.

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“The fight to free the educational hostages, our children, is far from over,” DeVos said. “But with woke parents across the country and education freedom policies in motion, there’s plenty of reason to believe this back-to-school season will be the best yet.”

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