Rise up for a Secretary of Education who believes in public schools as a human right and a community responsibility, and someone who understands teaching from the inside. The top two names for DoE that are out there are Kevin Kumashiro and Gloria Ladson-Billings—send them both and clean up the mess.
Brother Fred again:
The insidious Betsy and Dick DeVos.Departing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos blasted student debt forgiveness in what was likely her last major policy speech, calling proposals like free college and the cancellation of student loan debt “truly insidious.”
“We’ve heard shrill calls to cancel, to forgive, to make it all free. Any innocuous label out there can’t obfuscate what it really is: wrong.”DeVos called it, “The truly insidious notion of government gift giving.”
Well, she would know something about government gift giving. CNBC reported:Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her family are among the groups that have seen an income boon of millions through their own investments since Trump’s tax reform plan was signed, according to her latest annual financial disclosure report.In 2018, DeVos’ total income had a valuation of at least $33 million through assets listed on her most recent public filing. The valuation of those assets was between about $200 million and $600 million. All while she was Secretary of Education.
But where do the Democrats stand on student debt forgiveness?
Everywhere and all over the place.
Some prefer canceling student loans up to $10,000 or only for people from certain income brackets, while others prefer free college be specifically for community college enrollment and not extend to four-year public colleges and universities. Biden, for example, has proposed eliminating the cost of tuition and fees at community colleges and erasing $10,000 in student debt for all borrowers. He’s also pitched establishing an income-contingent repayment plan capped at 5% of a person’s income, and, for those seeking public service careers, he’d proposed forgiving $10,000 of student debt for every year of service, up to five years.Compare that to Warren, whose preference is to eliminate undergraduate tuition and fees at public colleges and universities as well as erase student loan debt for 95% of borrowers.
Progressives in the Democratic Party and many economists believe that the broadest possible student debt forgiveness plan would be a huge boost to the post-pandemic economy.
But unless the Democrats get it together, Betsy has nothing to worry about.And that is what is insidious.