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Bill Phillis: Betsy DeVos Does Not Understand the Purpose of The Public Common School

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“The common school system in America was established as a public good, not a private consumable. ITS primary purpose  is to create and maintain a democratic society governed by public policies that promote an equitable social order.“The constitutional provisions for education in nearly every state mandate and enable the establishment and maintenance of the common school system. Congress, in defiance of the states’ responsibility for public education, in a frenzied effort to “fix” perceived problems in the system, passed NCLB. This legislation usurped the rights of states regarding education and local decision-making prerogatives.“DeVos may have a point that parents have a fundamental right to choose an alternative to the constitutionally-mandated common school; however, parents do not have the right to tax funds to pay for that choice.” 

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