DeVos Is Sinking Under Pressure, Her Ineffectiveness Will Cause Her To Quit: Experts Say
Some insiders have said that Donald Trump’s education secretary Betsy DeVos is “one of the most ineffective people ever to hold the job.” The pressure seems to be getting to DeVos and her ineffectiveness could be her downfall.
Many education officials are preparing for a “post-Devos landscape” when she is removed or steps down.
Politico’s Tim Alberta said that DeVos is on a “religiously infused journey to reimagine the relationship between government, parents, teachers and schools.”
The Secretary plans to give parents more freedom to enroll their kids in charter schools, religious schools, and private schools while removing them from public schools. She believes that this will stop the government from funding public schools.
There are many problems with this plan. One is that public schools receive very little of their funding from the federal government. Another is her overall unpopularity and ineffectiveness.
“She can talk about bureaucracy and how constraining it is for her, but a Republican-controlled Congress rejected her budget proposals. She can’t fill her senior staff slots. Morale is terrible at the department,” says Thomas Toch of FutureEd — an education think tank affiliated with Georgetown University’s McCord School of Public Policy. “And I’ll tell you, in Washington education circles, the conversation is already about the post-DeVos landscape, because the assumption is she won’t stay long. And for my money, I don’t think it would be a bad thing if she left. I think she’s been probably one of the most ineffective people to ever hold the job.”