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General News    H3'ed 12/1/16

Betsy DeVos May Complete The Big Money Takeover Of Our Nation's Schools

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Reactions to President-Elect Donald Trump’s announcement of Michigan philanthropist Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education have ranged from high praise, to wary acceptance, to immediate condemnation. What few have noticed is how much her nomination represents business as usual in national education policy-making. As Jane Mayer writes for The New Yorker, “It would be hard to find a better representative of the ‘donor class’ than DeVos,” and her husband Dick who inherited the Amway fortune. Betsy’s father Edgar Prince sold his auto-parts business for $1.35 billion, and her brother Erik founded Blackwater, the private military company that supplied mercenary soldiers to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.

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