Once inside she impressed teachers It seemed like she was for public education

Once inside she impressed teachers it seemed like she

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“Shame, shame, shame!” Once inside, she impressed teachers. “It seemed like she was for public education,” says Ashley Cobb, an eighth grade math teacher and the local union rep. The next day, though, DeVos obliterated whatever goodwill she’d earned by telling conservative columnist Cal Thomas that the school’s teachers had been lulled into passivity by the government’s “top-down” approach to education policy: “They’re waiting to be told what they have to do, and that’s not goin to bring success to an individual child.” Cobb says DeVos’s remarks infuriated instructors, many of whom have master’s degrees. “We had a community meeting to let the students know that was unacceptable,” she says. “No one is going to come into our house and bad- mouth us, especially when it’s inaccurate.” The next month, DeVos met with LGBT lead- ers concerned about her decision to withdraw an Obama administration letter to school dis- tricts advising them to let transgender students use the bathroom conforming to their gender identity. Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, was there with several parents of transgender students. She says one of them argued that she should have a choice in how her child was treated at school. “The secretary just lit up and said, ‘Well, that reminds me, when my choice proposals come out, I hope that’s something we can all get together on and you can sup- port me on,’ ” Keisling recalls. “It was actually Bloomberg Businessweek July 22, 2019 Changes in the president’s budget requests in the Department of Education, 2016-19* Changes in other educational metrics, 2015-18 Education for the disadvantaged English language acquisition 2IҕFH IRU FLYLO ULJKWV Higher education School improvement programs Safe schools and citizenship education Number ucators on strike 2 d b K f K Number of charter schools Average total cost of four-year institutions 8 Public support for “school choice” Public opinion of DeVos as “very unfavorable”** DeV Total student debt РЕЛИЗ ПОДГОТОВИЛА ГРУППА "What's News" VK.COM/WSNWS
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an astounding moment.” By the end of her first year, DeVos had adopted a defensive crouch. Her con- gressional appearances were rare, and she’d often repeat the same innocuous responses when pressed by Democrats— how she cared about all students and was just following the law—who, in fairness to DeVos, often seemed more intent on tripping her up than hear- ing what she had to say. Then came her disastrous March 2018 appearance on 60 Minutes , in which she seemed con- fused about Michigan’s educational progress or lack thereof. The White House noticed. A presidential aide called one of DeVos’s people to say that Trump thought the interview was a catastrophe, says one person familiar with the situation. (Hill, DeVos’s spokes- woman, says, “I did not receive that call.”) After that, DeVos tended to talk to friendlier media such as Fox News and the Weekly Standard , along with local reporters in such places as Benton, Ky.,
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