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Betsy DeVos Confirmed; Twitter Reacts to the Darkest Timeline

By Dustin Rowles | Social Media | February 7, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Social Media | February 7, 2017 |

As Education Secretary, Besty DeVos — who was confirmed today, despite no qualifications whatsoever beyond the millions of dollars she and her family have donated to Republicans — is going to ignore disabled students (she has no idea what the IDEA is) and largely leave matters of education up to the states to decide. In those wealthy blue states and cities where education remains a priority and where choices already abound, state and local governments — in most cases — are going to mostly do the right thing by their schools. They’re going to continue to put money into the public schools, even if it means raising local and property taxes. Some of us may have to pay more for the same education.

It’s the largely Republican districts that are going to suffer the most, because the school choice she advocates is going to ruin public school in low-income areas, which I suppose is what Republicans really want: To keep uneducated voters uneducated, so that they will continue to vote against their interests by voting for Republicans, based less on their policies and more on the fact that they oppose civil rights measures. So if you’re a white kid in rural Mississippi who has the means to drive 40 miles away to the closest Jesuit school, you’re cool. You’ll be fine. But all the kids who don’t have the means (or preferences for religious education) who are left behind in public schools? They’re f**ked.

That’s assuming, of course, that Betsy DeVos is even competent enough to push her own policies through Congress.

In either respect, it’s a dark day in a dark year for America when Republicans confirm an insanely unqualified candidate to hold a cabinet position responsible for the nation’s public education, especially when that unqualified candidate opposes the public school system.

In other words, the nation as a whole is f**ked.

Twitter reacted, as expected:

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