Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Trump’s Education Pick of Betsy DeVos Could Fail Native Kids

Dr. Tommy Lewis, superintendent of schools for the Navajo Nation Department of Diné Education, says, “She is not coming from the education arena; she has never been a teacher, principal, superintendent, college professor or university administrator. [The position] deserves someone who understands how schools operate. Can she really be the national education leader we need?” Dr. Dean Chavers’ answer is an emphatic no. “I think she is a foe of education. She is a right-winger who hates the Department of Education and has said so. She’s in favor of charter schools and a voucher system, all of which is anathema to public education.” Chavers, Lumbee, is director of Catching the Dream, a Native American education and scholarship organization.

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