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New DeVos rule shifts resources from public to private schools

The U.S. Department of Education is requesting comments on an interim final rule that is diverting COVID-19 relief funding from high-poverty public schools to private schools, contrary to congressional intent. “Make no mistake about it,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “DeVos continues to use the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic crisis to push her extreme agenda to privatize public education.”

The CARES Act explicitly requires districts to provide private schools with services in the “same manner” as Title I, which uses the number of low-income students in each school to allocate funds. Under the new DeVos rule, districts may instead base allocations on the total private school population—a change that could rob under-resourced public schools of hundreds of millions of dollars. In Michigan, for example, private schools would get four times as much—$21.6 million instead of the $5.1 million worth of services the Title I funding formula would provide, according to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.


Tell the Department of Education that students MUST receive their fair share of financial aid provided by the CARES Act

127 responses to “New DeVos rule shifts resources from public to private schools

  1. This is the most corrupt presidential regime since Warren Harding was ignorant of what his advisors and cabinet members were doing to raid the national treasury and federal lands. But Harding at least was ‘ignorant,’ while Trump (I cannot refer to him as ‘President’) is the one assigning these people to corrupt every department of the national government. DeVos’ billions come from private education. Talk about a ‘conflict of interest’ as though that matters to the current regime. The Republican Party has been so tainted that it really needs to raze itself to the ground and start all over with the likes of Romney. Forget about Collins, my state’s senator. Socialism for the rich, and capitalism for the rest of us.

    1. Agree! Romney is the only Senator with courage and integrity. The rest are afraid to cross Trump, and are just his puppets. Remember this when you vote! This has to stop! Our public schools deserve our tax dollars, not private schools! (The problem Is, these politicians, and families invest in private schools, setting up a nice nest egg when public school funds are diverted to these private schools). I have been a Republican all my voting life (I’m 75 yrs old). No more! I’ll take Biden any day! Good riddance to Trump’s corruption and lies. This is what you get when Trump puts loyalty (to him) instead appointing qualified people!

  2. Betsy DeVos has no education experience and does not understand the struggles teachers and administrations have in trying to offer the best education possible with less and less funds. Expectations for public schools are more demanding every year and is becoming harder and harder due to the incompetence of Devos. All public schools are in desperate need of funding to help meet these demands. Parents CHOOSE to send their children to private school and should foot that bill themselves. Above all, teachers work tirelessly for the betterment of our students and deserve to be treated like the professionals we are. Salaries for teachers is a disgrace and need to be raised considerably.

  3. DeVos is relentlessly unfit for United States Secretary of Education, as she perseveres in a long-time vendeta against our public schools.

  4. DeVos is not qualified for her position. Everyone in education knows this. The result of her actions ( along with the support of FL legislature) is to further divide the haves from the have-nots, whether that is the intention or not.

  5. DeVos has no concern at all for the lives of those students living in poverty. The public schools are led by administrators and staffed by highly qualified teachers who choose to serve the underprivileged. They need additional resources that the parents of private school students can already afford. They need computers, internet, and social services to stay alive. Give the public schools more money rather than less money.

  6. Amen to the previous comments!
    “Socialism” is bad except for the government giving money to ME and my business!

  7. Anything funded by tax money should be open to all taxpayers. This excludes “private” schools that discriminate in hiring or admissions. If you want a private school to filter your children’s exposure to the larger world and limit who is allowed into their classroom by religion, gender, race, or ideology, then find a way to pay for it that doesn’t involve using my money.

  8. My kids attend a Title 1 school that depends on those funds to give at-risk kids opportunities they would not have access to otherwise. The idea that DeVos would rob those children of basic educational support and filter funds into private entities instead is both reprehensible and wrong.

  9. DeVos does not care about the education of public school students. Too elitist for that. The worst possible Secretary of Education this country has ever seen. She is NOT qualified to have this position. She has done more damage than good.

    1. Absolutely, this scumbag does not need to be anywhere near anythiing to do with education and the only reason that she is there is because of the amount of money she and her trashy husband gave to tRUMP !! If she stays in office she will do everything possible to destroy the core of education in this
      country !!!!!!
      !

  10. DeVos continues to hijack public funds for private organizations. She is totally unqualified for her position and her actions are criminal.

  11. Inner city, and rural schools are getting hit hard by Devos actions. She needs to go, and shame on President Trumps’ son for recommending her as Secretary of Education!

  12. DeVos really has no business leading The Department Education. She represents the antithesis of education and her efforts seem focused on defunding and destroying public education. Interesting that she has no background in education and is not a product of public education. Typical of Trump’s appointments. Education is not a business as the focus, our children, are unique and individuals.

  13. DeVos is totally unqualified and incompetent at Secretary of Education. She has no educational background or experience and is nothing more than a puppet for Trump to control. The damage she has done and is continuing to do to our public education is beyond disgusting and un-American!

  14. Our tax dollars should go to public schools! Parents choosing to send their children to private school are accepting the responsibility of paying for that choice.

  15. DeVos truly do care about the education or educating the rest of America’s children. Not going backwards DeVos. This is unacceptable not a Third World Country dear. We want to move forward, NOT, backwards.

  16. Public Schools work hard to be equitable, and public schools from higher socio-economic areas still do better because fund raisers net so much more, homes are better equipped with computers, internet, tutors and parents who are able to help or know someone who can help.
    Private schools EARN their money by TRYING to be better and putting down the public. They charge more than poor parents can afford even WITH the funds Betty DeVos is taking away from the public school.
    I work at a public high school and a public Adult School… and it breaks my heart when a student is paying on a loan for a private school that has taken their money, closed down so they have no certificate or diploma to help get employed, and they have to come back to the PUBLIC school to get the help they were robbed for from private.
    My heart is hurting for the average students, the backbone of America, making (and sometimes not making it) from paycheck to paycheck, now being robbed by their own government of the tools and opportunity to make the American Dream come true.
    Either support public education or stop lying to us about where our tax dollars are going. At this rate, you will be more than making up for the funds you take from public education when you pay welfare and unemployment.
    I desperately want a politician who cares about more than their own economic class. God Bless you and inspire you to do what is best for ALL kids, not just your kids.

  17. It’s clear that DeVos is trying to turn education into a corporate entity, past efforts at which have certainly failed. It’s also clear that she, along with her boss and many on her team, hold contempt for anyone who isn’t rich, and enjoy seeing them suffer.

  18. Good Job!!! Way to support the students who need support the most! Personally I believe funneling money to religious based private schools violates the first amendment.
    Thank you for standing up for kids

  19. Diverting public funds to a private school is unacceptable. When I opt out of town water, I pay to dig a well and I assume the cost for the maintenance of the well. I do not ask for a portion of my property taxes to be returned because I do not directly benefit from the upgrade to The town water system. The same should be true of public education. Adults without children do not pay less for their property because they do not access the public school system. If education becomes a pay to play service, many families will be “locked” into a system, creating extra roadblocks for people to get out of poverty.

  20. Unfortunately, we have yet to hear Ms DeVoss’s plan to support PUBLIC EDUCATION, the underpinning for producing the very citizens and leaders we need to support our DEMOCRACY. This priority eclipses all others until ALL American citizens receive the best education we can provide.

  21. Please reconsider. Public schools services students with many physical, educational, and environmental issues. These schools have been drained of resources in the past via funding to charter (for profit) schools. To take more money from them to fund private school Covid relief funding is depriving those most in need of what could truly make a difference in their lives.

  22. With due respects,
    What It is Wrong with this women.
    The need to take her out of the position she is been pushed to be in Most end.
    When Trump push her to take that position she did not know anything And she still do not know what it is good ,right, responsible nor acceptable.
    A ,Vote must be called for to get her out..
    It is time to remove her from that position NOW.

    She is doing what she wants Not what it is best for the children the Students.
    That it is a Great Failure.
    MCH 7-19-2020

  23. The “elites” in DC are siphoning big money away from public education so that you can teach your religious messages…..brainwashing! If you want private schools, then those who want their children to go to them should pay those expenses…..not the taxpayers. You and this Admin. have found a way to steal from public education to give to your system of choice! Charter Schools pick only the most obedient and from rich families….and are, therefore, the ones who need to pay for their child’s education……not the taxpayers!!

  24. Disgraceful that it is being attempted behind public eye to funnel money away from our nation’s poorest children to the most privileged in the midst of an unprecedented global health and economic crisis. This type of policy is the root of systemic racial and socioeconomic inequities and will only perpetuate them. Private education should be funded by private, not public, funds and policy. Our tax dollars do not belong funding private institutions.

  25. Your interim final rule is diverting COVID-19 relief funding from high-poverty public schools to private schools, contrary to congressional intent. “Make no mistake about it,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “DeVos continues to use the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic crisis to push her extreme agenda to privatize public education.”

    The CARES Act explicitly requires districts to provide private schools with services in the “same manner” as Title I, which uses the number of low-income students in each school to allocate funds. Under the new DeVos rule, districts may instead base allocations on the total private school population—a change that could rob under-resourced public schools of hundreds of millions of dollars. In Michigan, for example, private schools would get four times as much—$21.6 million instead of the $5.1 million worth of services the Title I funding formula would provide, according to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. This is despicable. Thank God Betsy DeVos only has six more months to carry out her deconstruction of the Department of Education! Shame on you Betsy!

  26. I am distressed at your actions which repeatedly favor private schools at the cost of public schools. Your history favoring “for profit” schools makes you no friend of publicly funded education. The irony is that you have taken an oath to defend and support tax payer public schools and receive your income from those same tax payers. Your approach to reopening schools during the Covid-19 pandemic or in any manner helping public school districts to plan for the upcoming school year would be laughable if not so tragic. What is a plan? It’s the manner that we prepare for the future using scientific data. Your comment that you can’t make a plan for how to deal with possible Covid outbreaks if children start attending schools reveals how incredibly mentally deficient you are. You said you can’t make a plan for something that hasn’t happened yet? Lady, if you are the role model of what private education produces, I’m thankful my tax dollars are supporting the alternative.

  27. Inner city struggling students, many with justified behavior problems, are not welcomed in Charter Schools. The Charter Schools are able to pick and choose who they want in their classrooms. This is fact I have witnessed as an Inner city Elementary Educator. Where is equal opportunity for education when students are denied it and when funding is taken from their schools?

  28. DeVos, who has no experience in working in public schools, continues to take money away from public schools in order to fund private schools. Most private school kids come from well-to-do families, though we are told funding private schools is needed to help poor kids who are forced to attend low-functioning public schools. This is yet another example of how the rich prey upon the poor. Taking money from public schools to fund private schools is not acceptable and hurts the students in the public schools.

    1. Good Job!!! Way to support the students who need support the most! Personally funneling money to religious based private schools violates the first amendment.
      Thank you for standing up for kids

  29. Private Education is choice made by the parent. I went to private schools by choice. Public education is mandated by law and has never been fully funded. It is time to make sure ALL the students in public schools are supported. I volunteer in a public school to work with the children who really do not get all the support in their home or who need extra help. To divert funds from public education is a travesty and against the law. Now is the time to recognize the value of public education and provide all the assistance we can for our children.

  30. In the end the sum of your actions will be the measure for your future in this world and beyond. You have earned the hell you are faced with though you may be in this moment blind.
    Shame derision and smite on you for stealing from those less fortunate.
    Your barren future shall match the darkness in your heart.

  31. I taught in both public and private schools and retired after 30 years. I would NEVER send my grandchildren or great grandchidren to public school ever again with what I see today!!!
    I met Mrs. Devos years ago thru Amway and she is a great lady and positive thinker. Schools today no longer have that. You’ve taken out the Bible and put “politics” in it’s place. I’m being polite on that!!
    Schools don’t need more money. They need to learn how to be civilized. If public school does not meet the needs of students and parents choose private school to protect their own children they should not pay for others to be hurt by the system. And that is all school is today.

  32. Public schools have been underfunded for years, and the most vulnerable have gotten short shrift. Private schools should not receive public funding. Loans, maybe. Please fund public schools to provide internet access for all students in order to promote opportunity for online instruction, and to allow for implementation of safe environments for teachers, students and staff when it is again safe for them to be in enclosed spaces. Schools should not open until people can congregate without fear of catching this horrible virus.

  33. Public funds should stay in public schools, not be stolen by greedy private institutions that lack integrity and accountability. Public schools are already underfunded and decisions like this continue to erode the access that our poorest students deserve to a quality education.

  34. I can’t wait until Biden wins and becomes president so we don’t have to put up with Betsy DeVos anymore. I am glad we have a strong NEA that has stopped her from doing so many wrong things to public education. She doesn’t even have any suggestions for the safe reopening of our public schools. I saw her interviewed on the matter and it was pathetic.

  35. Fire the b****!!! She’s the worst person for the job. Has no idea about public education or whow it works.

  36. I am appalled that students who can afford tuition in private schools will receive CARES Act funding at the expense of their impoverished peers. Please provide equitable funding based on poverty levels of recipient schools.

    1. She has favored private schools in every statement she makes! She needs to go! We pay taxes for public schools and that is where the money should be directed!

    2. Public education is a right for all students and should not be shorted funding by someone who is not qualify to make any decision concerning education. She is just plain wrong!

    3. Since she owns private schools isn’t this a conflict of interest and it should be dealt with it as such. If it violates any laws she should be held accountable.

      1. I guess I’m way behind as I did not know Betsy D owns private schools. If she does, this is totally unacceptable and it is definitely a conflict of interest!

  37. DeVos is missing the point. Private schools are funded by privileged families. Public funds are for PUBLIC EDUCATION. Stop trying to publicly fund private schools while public school teachers must continuously privately fund their own classrooms.

  38. DEVOS must go! She is an idiot when it comes to education. She is an embarrassment to our great Country. Please REMOVE her ASAP. How DARE she be in a position to tell schools and teachers what are best for our students and lives. She is horrible!!!!!

  39. I oppose any shift of federal funding and/or resources from public schools to private. Do not circumvent the intent of the CARES Act.

  40. I’m not surprised at anything DeVos does. She doesn’t care about children or public schools, only in enriching her famiky and destroying public education.

    November is just around the corner. Looking forward to firing her boss and her.

    Children need their public schools to be funded, not the siphoning of public monies allocated in billionaires’ online for profit charter chains.

    #stopthebillionaireglut

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