Betsy DeVos has absolutely no experience in public education, and she is now the Secretary of Education. This is not just a federal problem. In Massachusetts, state law (MGL Ch. 15 Sec. 1E) prohibits persons employed by or receiving regular compensation from any school system, as well as school committee members, from serving on the state board of elementary and secondary education. The MA secretary of education, James Peyser, previously served as Managing Director of the NewSchools Venture Fund, “a non-profit grant-making firm that seeks to transform public education in high-need urban communities by supporting innovative education entrepreneurs.” In other words, while DeVos and her friends were donating tons of money to privatize public schools, Peyser was one of the guys handing out the money.
It’s not enough to complain about the nonsense in Washington. We also need to act to get the Massachusetts legislature to fix the mess we have at home.