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Devos’s Voucher Program Can Likely Discriminate

By Free Radical

Betsy Devos

Betsy Devos

Earlier this month Betsy Devos gave noncommittal answers to handling discrimination in voucher school programs at a Senate hearing. Vouchers are one cornerstone of Devo’s emphasis on school choice policy which also includes private education and charter schools.

A problem will arise if private schools are given federal monies but still allowed to discriminate based on sexuality, which is a violation of federal law. While she affirmed that “Discrimination in any form is wrong. I don’t support discrimination in any form”, she was less forthcoming in showing how she would handle a situation such as a current conflict in an Indiana school which receives federal funds but has denied admission to students who have LGBT parents.

Her conservative base supports school choice and often looks down on LGBT families and relationships. It would be difficult for her to publicly say that she would fight this form of discrimination. However, allowing discrimination could put her

Betsy Devos to Give Bethune Cookman Commencement Address

By Free Radical 
57c5cbbb781c4d8a8165a4a9f58bff21_18Last week, Bethune Cookman University, an HBCU in Daytona Beach, Florida, announced that Secretary of Education Betsy Devos would give their commencement address on May 10.

The official announcement likened Devos, to Bethune-Cookman’s famous founder Mary McLeod Bethune, a pioneer of both civil and women’s rights: “Much like Dr. Bethune, Founder of Bethune-Cookman University, Secretary DeVos deems the importance of opportunity and hope for students to receive an exceptional education experience.”

This statement and the overall selection of Devos have drawn the ire of BC alumni and other African-Americans. Along with aligning herself with the deeply unpopular Donald Trump, Devos is a staunch advocate of school choice. Though many African-Americans support school choice in some form of another, many consider the Education Secretary to be on the extreme. Her advocacy of things