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'Preach it, sister!' Why the Trump base loves Betsy DeVos - POLITICO

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Politico Morning Education reports that Betsy DeVos has become a huge hit among Trump’s devout followers, those who despise the American government, public schools, and taxes for any services. DEVOS WAS DEPLOYED 'LIKE A ROCK STAR' ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN TRAIL, as the president makes a concerted push on education issues. ' The campaign is using DeVos, a devout Christian, to beef up ties with voters who see her as the fiercest defender of conservative education policies like vouchers.' Michael writes. 'They want government control of everything — your health care, your wallet, your child's education,' DeVos said of Democrats while on the trail this week. That kind of message is resonating with Pennsylvania voters, said Bernadette Comfort, the chairwoman of Trump's campaign in Pennsylvania and an advisory board member for Women for Trump.'

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Speaking of schools and religion: In 2017, the Orlando Sentinel published a powerful three-part series about unregulated and unaccountable voucher schools in Florida, called "Schools Without Rules." In Florida, voucher schools receive $1 billion each year of taxpayer funding.

In 2018, the Orlando Sentinel published an article about the textbook companies that supply teaching materials to voucher schools and homeschoolers. Their books incorporate religious values into their content.

Prominent among them is the ABeka company in Florida.

Their textbooks reflect a religious approach to science, history, and other subjects.

The Orlando Sentinel wrote:

One of the largest suppliers of materials for private schools and home-school students across the United States is affiliated with a small Christian college in the Florida Panhandle.

Abeka, formerly known as A Beka Book, is named for Beka Horton, who along with her husband, Arlin, founded a small Christian school in 1954 and Pensacola Christian College in 1974...

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The far-right Goldwater Institute has filed a lawsuit claiming that the state has no right to regulate how parents spend their voucher money, the money that is paid by taxpayers. Goldwater says that if the parents misspent the money, it should be refunded to parents so they can try again. The Goldwater Institute, along with the DeVos family and Charles Koch, have sponsored efforts to expand the voucher program to cover all students in the state. They began with the "camel's nose" under the tent, offering vouchers for students with disabilities (who abandon their federally-protected rights when they go to private schools); then added students in foster care; then added students in "failing" public schools; then students on reservations; then students from military families. They won't be satisfied until every student in the state gets a voucher to leave public schools for a private school.

The Arizona Republic reports:

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