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Betsy DeVos Opens Up ESSA Pilot Allowing Federal Money to Follow Students - Politics K-12 - Education Week

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Diane Ravitch   Diane Ravitch says: 'You have to hand it to Betsy DeVos. She never gives up on a bad idea, no matter what the evidence shows. With clear findings that vouchers don’t produce better results, with increasing numbers of charter frauds, and declining enthusiasm for charter schools, she does not waver in her commitment to destroy public education. Adopting a weighted student funding formula could make it easier for districts to operate school choice programs, since money would be tied to individual students thus taxpayer money  could  follow them to charter or virtual public schools. Importantly, though, districts that opt to participate in the pilot don't necessarily have to use it to further school choice....Choice that busts up the public schools does not help children. Itcadvances the long term goals of libertarian zealots like the DeVos family and the Koch brothers.'
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