Some progressives angered by President Donald Trump’s new secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, are threatening to do what they once considered unthinkable – homeschool their children.
In fact, DeVos was condemned by many on the left because she has no previous experience in public education and favors school choice through the use of vouchers and “tax credit scholarships,” which allow companies to grant scholarships to young students and offset tax liability.
On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed DeVos 51 to 50, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote. But before that could happen, angry Democrats called Senate offices more than 1.5 million times a day, teachers unions rallied against her, and Senate Democrats held the floor all through the night from Monday into Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to stop her confirmation.
Now some angry progressives are flocking to Twitter to declare their newfound affinity for homeschooling:
Conservative Review noted the prevalence of typos in some of the tweets. Contributor Maria Jeffrey wrote, “This dig at Betsy DeVos and children needing an English teacher as a result of her leadership at the Dept. of Education falls flat because of the spelling and grammatical errors peppered throughout it.”
In other education-related news, U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., introduced a bill Tuesday that would completely abolish the Department of Education on Dec. 31, 2018. Massie argues that state and local governments should be in charge of education policy rather than the federal agency.
“Unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. should not be in charge of our children’s intellectual and moral development. States and local communities are best positioned to shape curricula that meet the needs of their students,” he said in a statement.
Seven other Republicans signed onto the bill, including House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah; and Reps. Justin Amash, Mich.; Andy Biggs, Ariz.; Matt Gaetz, Fla.; Jody Hice, Ga.; Walter Jones, N.C.; and Raúl Labrador, Idaho.