REPORT: DeVos Plagiarized On Senate Questionnaire

It appears that the anti-LGBT activist who wants to run America’s schools copied her homework. The Washington Post reports:

President Trump’s nominee for education secretary, in written responses to questions from senators, appears to have used several sentences and phrases from other sources without attribution — including from a top Obama administration civil rights official.

The responses from nominee Betsy DeVos were submitted Monday to the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which is voting Tuesday morning on her confirmation.

In answering a set of questions from Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on how she would address bullying of LGBT students, DeVos wrote: “Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment where they can learn, thrive, and grow.”

That sentence is almost identical to language used by Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division under President Barack Obama, in a news release announcing the administration’s controversial guidance to schools on how to accommodate transgender students.

The above-linked article goes on to cite multiple other plagiarized responses.

  • five

    As if any of them care about plagiarism.

    • geoffalnutt

      The only time they’ll care is when they get caught doing crimes. Then they run to Jesus and are forgiven. Easy.

  • Lazycrockett

    Seeing how she never stepped a foot into the educational system, she probably doesn’t think its wrong.

  • VodkaAndPolitics

    I’m less concerned about the fact that she plagiarized it than I am that she doesn’t mean a word of it.

    • Blackfork

      And she’s just one element inside a huge package labeled “Fragile: Incompetent”.

  • JT

    Lazy, dishonest reprobate. A sterling choice for education leader and shining example for all.

    • Paula

      IOKIYAR!

      • JT

        In fact, it looks like a requirement.

        • Paula

          Page 1 of the republican handbook!

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      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        rich and white makes it totally right!!

    • zhera

      That sentence also says nothing about how she’ll address bullying. It’s empty words from an empthy sack of skin.

      • JT

        Since she inherited money or married into inherited money, she should be aware that people don’t always get what they deserve.

        • JR

          Let alone what they need.

    • April

      Tisk Tisk, she copied her homework.

      FAIL

  • Blackfork

    God, these stupid as hell people. Four years of this excuse for competence.

  • Acronym Jim

    I wonder with each new day of this administration, are David Lynch and Tim Burton collaborating on some kind of weird real-life performance art?

    • AtticusP

      The long-awaited third season of HBO’s “Carnevale”?

      Then it might start to make some kind of sense.

      • Acronym Jim

        More like the first season of “The Leftovers.” Only in this case, the departed aren’t people but instead is the American Republic.

        • Lantor

          Damn that show was a slow burn, but once it was over, I wanted more! But, if I remember correctly, the first season ends with some feeling of hope. I don’t think we are going to end our first season that way.

          • Acronym Jim

            The second season was more hopeful. The third season has yet to air. I have the theory that the series is loosely based on Dante’s Divine Comedy. The first season was “Inferno” the second “Purgatorio,” and the last will be “Paradiso.”

      • Mark

        I’ll hope for another season of Spartacus – where he and his warriors invade the Senate…

    • zhera

      Cronenberg will direct the finale episode.

      • Acronym Jim

        And Michael Bay will no doubt want to horn in on the final act.

  • mikeinftl

    Did Melania write it for her?

    • BlindBill

      Melania probably did not work on the speech she made before the election – I think dumpster/bannon knowingly gave it to her to read without telling her it was plagiarized …. basically threw her under the bus for a laugh

    • Chucktech

      No, Melania copied it for her.

  • AtticusP

    Thank you for playing.

    Vanna, why don’t you show Betsy the lovely parting gifts that she’s taking home with her?

    • Todd20036

      Here you go: it’s NEWT GINGRICH IN A DIAPER!!! And Bannon, naked and dipped in chocolate sauce!
      Congratulations DeVos.

      • Butch

        Did you have to do that? I’m going to be cringing for the rest of the day.

  • Boreal

    Slightly OT:
    Without a Dem on board there is no quorum and the vote cannot move forward.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/senate-democrats-boycott_us_5890ae26e4b0c90eff001c3c?

    • The_Wretched

      good!

      Now more spine please.

    • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      good! The despicable group that Price’s a proud member of is still running around telling people HIV has nothing to do with AIDS in 2016

    • Cuberly

      Love how Hatch is reading prepared remarks in defense of Sessions. Gee, it’s as if they were prepared for every potential outcome.

  • Martin

    Welcome to the new normal. Sad.

  • Ernest Endevor

    Is it just me or doesn’t a candidate who has been met with this level of criticism and who has been shown on more than one occasion to be incompetent, doesn’t that candidate usually withdraw?

    • Bluto

      You’re assuming she has a soul.

    • Acronym Jim

      Harriet Myers comes to mind.

    • The_Wretched

      The entire cabinet of Donny the Unfit is incompetent – well maybe except Tillerson and he’s corrupt and upto his eyeballs in kickbacks and oil.

    • And usually Congress works harder to put qualified people into high level positions and weed out the unqualified ones. Oh, but yeah, its punishment for having a black fella in the white house.

    • Michael R

      One is still looking for his luggage

    • boatboy_srq

      Requires consciousness, shame, and an understanding of what the position is supposed to do (not what s/he can do with the position). Most if not all of these are conspicuously absent from tRump’s nominations.

    • NancyP

      Nope, because the Republicans are behind her. They want puppets or ideologues.

    • clay

      Is it just me, or doesn’t a job candidate in Education who’s caught plagiarizing usually withdraw?

      Yes.

      • Ernest Endevor

        That’s what I thought.

    • Strepsi

      Republicans do not withdraw, they do not apologize, they just cheat and double down.

  • Rick

    Of course she plagiarized, she has no actual opinions or ideas of her own.

  • Mike C

    Annnnd she passed the committee. Welcome to Who Cares Anyway? The government where everything’s made up and the facts don’t matter.

    • well fuck, and now begins the unbuckling of free public schools. Is there NOTHING in cheetolini’s new world order that wont require a fight from us?

      • boatboy_srq

        No. Not one single thing. Right down to breathable air and potable water.

      • Michael White

        It started a few years ago her in Indiana with the voucher program. It has allowed many catholic schools, which should have closed do to low enrollment, to flourish with state money, while our public schools are dying because of lack of funds. Indiana’s program is now being used as a blue print to go national.

        • I hope in the future all those die hard GOP voters have endless nights and days of regrets until the moment they gasp their last breath. They are what has allowed unchecked racism and the loss of our country as it was suppose to be.

    • John30013

      Let’s see how long she lasts (assuming she gets confirmed). One of Drumpf’s proposed spokesmodels had her invitation rescinded recently after an uproar about her plagiarism. Let’s hope the same fate befalls Mrs. DeVos.

  • Bluto

    Did Melania fill it out for her?

  • The_Wretched

    Yes, well. When you appoint people with no idea what their department does, they tend not to have a clue when you ask them about it and they use all means to paper over the deficiency. The ultra-sad part is that she’s rich enough to hire a team of experts to be a brain trust and could have had them make her look like a genius (like how tv comedians have teams of writers).

  • safari

    For Betsy, this is a pretty minor problem.

  • Ray Page

    “Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment where they can learn, thrive, and grow… as long as they are white, heterosexual, Christian, and come from conservative, Republican households.”

    • Todd20036

      And don’t want an education based on facts or critical thinking.

  • Rick

    Plagiarism = intellectual shoplifting.

    • safari

      It really depends. Nothing is original, everything is a remix. It depends upon whether or not attribution should be given. In many creative works, it isn’t. In formal works, it most certainly should.

      • Rick

        Well she’s no Gaddis, that’s for sure.

    • Martin


      The Kidnapping Roots of plagiarize

      If schools wish to impress upon their students how serious an offense plagiarism is, they might start with an explanation of the word’s history. Plagiarize (and plagiarism) comes from the Latin plagiarius “kidnapper.” This word, derived from the Latin plaga (“a net used by hunters to catch game”), extended its meaning in Latin to include a person who stole the words, rather than the children, of another. When plagiarius first entered English in the form plagiary, it kept its original reference to kidnapping, a sense that is now quite obsolete.

      https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plagiarized

  • Has this woman ever had one single shred of an original thought?

    • boatboy_srq

      Has she had one single thought?

      She reminds me of exactly the kind of woman who lets her man (father, husband, elder brother, eldest son) do all her thinking for her because that’s what Gun-Totin’ Capitalist Jeebus demands.

      I had less disrespect for Phyllis Shlafly.

  • itsjoe618

    Nothing says leading by example like lazily copying other people’s words and statements. Plagiarism is something you’re warned not to engage in, from at least junior high school onward. She’d know that if she had a background as a teacher, principal, or school administrator; you know, the kind of resume you’d want an Education Secretary to have.

    • But if she had those credentials, she wouldn’t be a cheetolini pick.

  • Boreal

    OT:
    Scumbag priest and dump supporter tells anti trump protestors to commit suicide.

    http://nypost.com/2017/01/30/priest-tells-anti-trump-protesters-to-commit-suicide/

    • The_Wretched

      Wow, does he get to stay a priest? I’d hope advocating a mortal sin is something the catholic hierarchy punishes.

      • Boreal

        They get to stay on after raping children so this will mean nothing to the RCC.

        • Earl

          He’ll confess his ‘sin’ do some ‘repentance’ then be back on the job.

          I suppose if you have no conscience then it’d be doable.

      • Martin

        Simple, he can just issue a special dispensation to the same group.

    • That makes even less sense than the normal spew from the catholic church. Suicide is against church rules! sigh….i am lost and at sea with the world at large now.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        My boat tipped over.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          my liquor cabinet has been renovated and enlarged

          • Earl

            Shit. Mine’s empty. 🙁

    • The Milkman

      So much for being pro-life.

    • Martin

      I hope he’s only projecting.

  • Henry Auvil

    I imagine that to someone who’s had everything in life handed to her on a silver platter, other people’s words are just there for the taking too.

  • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Is there anything else this Tramp administration doesn’t rip off from Obama???

    • safari

      Emotional maturity.

    • Boreal

      Integrity.

    • Matt Taum

      Class.

    • geoffalnutt

      Sanity.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Decency

    • Todd20036

      A huge penis. Apparently, that’s important to Trump

      • Librarykid

        and crowds!

    • OdieDenCO

      honor!

    • Gerry Fisher

      crowd size

  • Rick

    She doesn’t have time for ideas or convictions of her own, she’s too busy feeding on the lifeblood of innocent virgins to maintain her immortality.

    • RoFaWh

      Actually, it’s the lifeblood of those duped into joining the Amway scam.

      Interesting fact: Amway’s products are mostly consumed by their distributors, as they are required to live an Amway lifestyle: Amway laundry soap, Amway dish detergent, Amway condoms (I jest), etc.

      Sorry, don’t have the citation but it was somewhere fairly recently.

  • Martin

    If the head of the DOE indeed plagiarized, how would she have the moral authority to ask all the students under the auspices of her department not to do the same? Would she not serve as a real-life example that you can get ahead by cheating?

    How should I explain this to my children?

    • karen in kalifornia

      Simple. That there are indeed people in the world who don’t want the best for everyone (ie republicans).

      • RoFaWh

        They want the best for themselves and fuck everyone else.

  • Matt Taum

    I wouldn’t call it blatant “copy-and-paste” plagiarism that we accuse students of (and caught Melania’s speech writer doing). What I would say is that it appears that DeVos is good at parroting others’ ideas without her own input or judgement, the more sinister form of plagiarism since it gives people the impression that you thought about what you were saying. This time it just got a little too close to a previous iteration of that idea that she could have simply read at some point in preparation for this confirmation.

  • Cuberly

    It’s what they had to do to make it appear like her background fit what the job entails.

    It’s infuriating that even supposed “moderate” GOPers are looking at DeVos as extremely qualified. But then the “moderates” get goosebumps when the meaningless meme of “school choice” is mentioned. Well, that and the prospect of underfunding public schools, relegating them for use by the poor ONLY, makes a GOPer moist as fuck.

    • Earl

      They think she’s qualified because of the money she gives them. 🙁

      Kinda like how the CEO of EXXON ‘believes’ that the science of global warming is wrong because that would threaten the money he gets from cooking the planet.

  • T-Batwoman
    • safari

      I woke up to 3″ of snow. I’m very envious. 🙂

      • Earl

        I’m envious of you, we need much more snow than has fallen.

        Of course, I’m the freak. I love winter, still. 🙂

    • zhera

      Now you’re just being mean!

      (j/k, enjoy yourself!)

  • joe ho
  • karen in kalifornia

    Just voted though from committee 12-11 along party lines. Yeah Dems at least showing up and showing disapproval. She’ll be approved in the Senate because it only requires a majority. Hope the No vote Dems mean this is practice for right wing SCOTUS nom where 60 votes are needed to approve nominee.

  • JaniceInToronto

    The Rethugs won’t care…

    • RoFaWh

      I’m waiting for the day when the US gubbmint discovers there’s no longer anyone in the country who can design military hardware…

  • Michael White

    This is why the orange turd wants her. She will “follow orders” and use “I was just following orders”, as her defense in 5 years when the US has its own version of the Nuremberg Trials.

  • BobSF_94117

    “Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment where they can learn, thrive, and grow.”

    SINGULAR SUBJECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Martin

      ‘they’ should be ‘he or she’ to make sense with the singular subject.

    • safari

      They is quite acceptable these days as a non-gendered singular.

      • BobSF_94117

        No, not by the Secty of Education. It’s handy to say “they”. People who are qualified to be the nation’s highest education executive should be able to use the language to avoid poor grammar.

      • Martin
        • safari

          I just pulled that gif, ready for a retort. Ha!

          • Martin

            I’m still smarting from the red mark I got in junior year in English class for mixing single/plural in exactly the same way. My teacher that year was very old-school about English. I realize it’s accepted now, but I guess I’ve kept the habit all these years.

            It’s funny what can influence us at such an unconscious level.

          • safari

            I understand. I had an instructor twice — she changed grades — who would drill us for hours. I’m grateful for it.

      • BobSF_94117

        It is not acceptable in formal speech. It is becoming more acceptable in regular and informal speech. It is useful. I use it myself. BUT it really isn’t a very good solution to the lack of a neuter/neutral/ambiguous pronoun in the English language.

        For example.

        “Where is Chris?”

        “They is outside.”

        Never gonna fly…

        • safari

          I’m still more liberal in its usage. The “All children” vs “Every child” aspect you brought up, for example got me thinking about the latter as a rhetorical device. “Every child” implies a form of distinction. She could be taking about your child. The same impact isn’t there for “All children”. All children are not my own. So, there is quite a bit of merit to start off with “Every child”, consequently the following “they” would be the only natural fit.

          • BobSF_94117

            Yes, you correctly identify what I prefer to call “pandering”. Your child is an emotional appeal. It’s dishonest. If your primary concern is your child, you’re probably a Betsy DeVos fan.

          • BobSF_94117

            Also, “the only natural fit” is just a reflection of your personal preference for the informal “they”. I get to the end of sentences like that and it does not come natural for me to say “they”. I go for “his or her” because I was taught to speak more formally than most Americans and, face it, I’m a bit pedantic 🙂

            Anyway, realizing that “he or she” can be seen as exclusionary or non-inclusive, I avoid sentence formulation that head to singular third person pronouns. Hence “all children”.

            Also, I don’t any kids and yet I am concerned about children.

    • Rillion

      They in this usage is singular, referring back to child. It allows us to refer to the child without imposing binary gender on the child by using the archaic “he or she” when referring back to the child of unknown gender.

      • BobSF_94117

        It’s simple enough to start off with “All children” and avoid the grammar problem.

        • safari

          It is cumbersome. They is already an easy to digest pronoun and with the antecedent being so clear, the only thing that keeps it from being completely proper is a grammatical rule. As we have no common genderless singular pronoun that isn’t ridiculous, they is fine. If it were something formal like a contract, of course, there’d be different language entirely.

          • BobSF_94117

            “All children” is cumbersome? Over “Every child”? When you’re talking, literally, about ALL CHILDREN???

            Seriously???

          • safari

            Sorry. I agree. I’m half out of it, and completely misread your one sentence. She could have made it agree easily. I’m just more hell bent on making singular they okay in everything but formal works.

          • BobSF_94117

            This is part of the application process for high office. It is absolutely formal speech.

          • safari

            We will have to disagree. Singular they is here to stay.

          • BobSF_94117

            Lots of things are here to stay. Heck, “lots” is one of them. I still find it inappropriate in formal use, as I find the use of “they” in the singular.

      • BobSF_94117

        “He” and “she” are not archaic. What is archaic is believing and acting as though they are the only options.

  • Rex

    None of these people have an original thought. They parrot what others have said in hopes it endears them to the people they’re trying to con. Just like the man that appointed them.

  • Michael R

    Off topic but :

    Probably as much responsible for this chaos as Steve Bannon

    Stephen Miller , age 31 , a lot of the pictures of him remind me of Roy Cohn .

    As a member of the Duke Conservative Union, Miller worked closely with Richard Spencer, a Ph.D. student who would later coin the term “alt-right” and become a leading white nationalist. ( He denies this ) Miller is Jewish .

    After graduating from college, Miller worked as a press secretary for Congresswoman Michele Bachmann .

    https://s29.postimg.org/vhui6zt13/stepehn_miller.jpg

    • Todd20036

      I see darkness in his eyes.

      • Bj Lincoln

        I got a chill when his picture scrolled up.

        • William

          He makes Pubis and Spicer seem almost human.

      • coram nobis

        I see a lizard. Or Vladimir Putin. But then again I repeat myself.

    • Dk6

      that image will haunt my nightmares.

    • Dk6
    • IamM

      mini-Putin

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        (mini-dickhead)
        Putin Xhuilo!

    • William

      His hobbies include vivisection.

  • TK
    • because of course..

    • Earl

      Hey, kids. It’s time to learn about Jesus in our public schools. Which you’ll now have to pay for to stay in.

    • Bj Lincoln

      FUCK!
      There goes what’s left of our broken education system! Now everyone will get a voucher and try to get their kids into good private schools(Almost all christian based). When they are full or are ‘processing applications’ for students, other kids will have to remain in what is left of public schools with less money and a broken plus Jesus system. The bible is NOT ‘another theory’ to offer to the ‘theory’ of science. Adding bible stories to known and recorded historical events do not fit and discounts everything we know past 6000 years ago! We are behind in math and science as it is. We will only fall farther behind. If she is allowed to run this office the way Drumpf is running our government, our kids are going to suffer the most for it. Our teachers will suffer to change everything and keep up thus taking time and energy from our kids. Parents will suffer from the anxiety to getting their kid in a good school and trying to understand the changes. The bad and poor schools will see less money than they do now which will make it harder to provide a quality education. That time, energy and stress to run those schools WILL have it’s affect on our kids. She has no clue what she is doing! If it was a democrat nominated, you’ed be damn skippy they would be laughed out of town after answers like hers and lack of qualifications.
      I can not fucking believe this is happening.

      • RoFaWh

        Betcha she has one clue about what she is doing: it’s a marvelous opportunity to grift like crazy. Remember, it’s the DeVos family who owns Amway, which got nailed by Canada Customs some years ago for false information regarding imports of Amway products into Canada.

        And when it comes down to brass tacks, Amway itself is clearly an illegal pyramid scheme, but nobody has the balls to charge them on this point and make sure the charges stick.

    • William

      What???? Last week the republicans said her ethics and financial vetting could take months.

  • JR

    She might as well use a shorthand version answer:

    “What Gupta said.”

    Or the more honest version:

    “Whatever lie you will believe, that will get me confirmed, and that I will completely disavow/ignore once in office.”

    • Bj Lincoln

      Exactly!

  • Copying the words of Democrats? It’s as Republican strategy so they sound somewhat reasonable.

    DeVos gets an “F” and should be suspended!

  • Disqusdmnj

    I hope we don’t get bogged down in what could just be small stuff. I can’t stand her and plagiarism would completely discount her on its own. While I don’t think she should be confirmed at all, some text will always be almost identical to other text, especially when the subject matter is specific, and when people who help write the answers have all done similar work and wording before.

    Instead of a few similar sentences, she should be disqualified on knowing nothing about education in the first place.

    • Bj Lincoln

      Too late. She is already confirmed. Scroll down.

      • Jessee Michael

        Fuck. Didn’t get that far.

        We’re doomed.

        • Tor

          Especially our children.

  • olandp

    That isn’t even an answer to the question, so what are you going to to about it Betz?

  • David L. Caster

    Unfortunately it appears she has been confirmed by the Senate Education Committee.

  • Hue-Man

    David Brooks, NYT, summarizes what everyone is thinking. Some highlights:

    But if the last 10 days have made anything clear, it’s this: The
    Republican Fausts are in an untenable position. The deal they’ve struck
    with the devil comes at too high a price. It really will cost them their
    soul.

    In the first place, the Trump administration is not a Republican
    administration; it is an ethnic nationalist administration. Trump
    insulted both parties equally in his Inaugural Address. The Bannonites
    are utterly crushing the Republican regulars when it comes to actual
    policy making.

    Second, even if Trump’s ideology were not noxious, his incompetence is a
    threat to all around him. To say that it is amateur hour at the White
    House is to slander amateurs.
    The recent executive orders were drafted
    and signed without any normal agency review or even semicoherent legal
    advice, filled with elemental errors that any nursery school student
    would have caught.

    Third, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the aroma of bigotry
    infuses the whole operation, and anybody who aligns too closely will end
    up sharing in the stench.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/opinion/the-republican-fausts.html?emc=edit_th_20170131&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=4646989&_r=0

    • Tor

      I that Paul Ryan i smell?

  • IamM

    “Faking a soul is hard y’all.”
    ~Reichsminister of Education Barbie

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Devos: I did not plagiarize! I just wrote myself in as the “alternative author.”
    How dare you impugn my academic integrity!!

  • Joe in PA

    And she goes on to the full Senate. Good job committee. SMH

    • Acronym Jim

      It was down to the wire. The Democrats objected to the first vote because it was 11 to 11 but Orin Hatch was not in the room so his was counted as a proxy vote making it 11 to 12.

      When a subsequent motion to overrule chair Alexander, Al Franken, in his singular way, pointed out the absurdity of the claimed 11 to 12 majority by voting “aye by proxy.”

  • Nic Peterson

    I read the headline and rolled my eyes so hard, I think I broke my collar bone.

  • coram nobis

    “Senator, I have a dream where little children will be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their notebooks. It’s a feeling deep in my soul, first they’re half, now they’re whole. Wise men say only fools rush in.”

    • Tor

      Like,totally believable.

  • Gigi

    Bye, Felicia!

  • Acronym Jim

    Every Democratic member of the committee voted against the nomination. If one of your senators is on the committee and voted nay, they deserve your thanks. If they voted aye, they need to hear your condemnation of their vote.

  • This isn’t going to get her. We need a real opposition party and we don’t have one – we need to get rid of Schumer and Pelosi.

    • canoebum

      Feel free to run for office.

      • Who says I would be better? I didn’t – but we need some better leaders.

        • RoFaWh

          These days, men and women of good moral character do not go into politics lest they be soiled by the unavoidable shit storms.

          • Marti386

            Unfortunately, that results in nothing but sh*t on both sides of the aisles.

        • Marti386

          Or we need the ones we have to grow a damn spine.

  • GayOldLady

    At least the Dems stayed in line for the committee vote. Now we’ll see what happens on the Floor.

    “The vote was split along party lines, with all 11 Democrats on the
    Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voting to reject
    DeVos, and all 12 of the committee’s Republicans voting to approve her”

  • Natty Enquirer

    The Scamway rolls on …

  • GayOldLady

    She’s spent a lifetime as a major supporter of the voucher system because she see’s money in it for her and her buddies. If that system is implemented it will destroy our Public School Systems. Parents who can afford to take those vouchers and supplement them with their personal resources will move out of the Public System and into private schools or charter schools believing, falsely, that their children will get a better education. Children from low middle income, low income and poor families will be left to the Public school system which will be catastrophically impacted by the loss of Federal dollars. Teachers will be forced to leave Public schools to teach in the private and charter schools and teachers Unions, along with the ability to fight for just wages, will drown in the muck of private and charter schools. This is a no-win situation for the children of lower income, poor families and Public School teachers. Low income and poor children be trapped in schools that are not properly funded and properly staffed. It will take a while for this to play out, but it’s inevitable once the voucher system becomes a reality.

    Beware……They’re going to attempt to voucher Medicare and block grant Medicaid. We’re all screwed, blued and tattooed.

  • Rob NYNY

    When a nominee for Secretary of DOE reiterates a well-established DOE policy, it doesn’t seem to rises to the level of plagiarism. It seems more like she is reiterating a well-established policy.

    • James

      Anyone with even the smallest amount of eduction knows that when you use someone’s words or ideas, even if you paraphrase them, you have to give a citation.

      • Rob NYNY

        I agree. That is what people with the smallest amount of education think.

        But for a nominee for DOE to reiterate a well-established policy of the DOE is not plagiarism.

        • James

          The definition of plagiarism is simple, and plagiarism is what this is. Yes, even for a nominee for the DOE when quoting the policy of that department. Perhaps especially for someone in that position.

  • Will Parkinson

    She sounds perfect for the job! She can teach her valuable skills to kids.

  • Piona O.

    as a Michigander who knows about DeVos…Trump has literally put a fox in charge of the henhouse…DeVos’s main interest over the years has been draining money away from public schools into vouchers for Xtian schools