FEATURING DIANE RAVITCH – The march toward school privatization is expected to escalate under Donald Trump’s new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. DeVos is a believer in religious education and charter schools, and has promised to “expand school choice,” which is code for privatization. So far however, her biggest action has been to undo the consumer protections that President Obama put in place to for student borrowers.
As members of Congress go into recess to interact with their constituents activists who want to preserve and strengthen public education are taking their fight to town hall meetings.
Diane Ravitch, award-winning leader in education and the author of ten books, including The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education. She is a research professor of education at New York University and served as Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to the Secretary of Education from 1991-1993 under the George H. W. Bush administration. She is also the co-founder of the The Network for Public Education.