Betsy DeVos: Youngkin win will further fuel the 'parent groundswell' for education freedom

I think yesterday’s results are a big warning shot across the bow to Democrats,” DeVos le dijo a Fox News en una entrevista el miércoles.. She urged Democrats to embrace school choice and buck their party’s preference for teachers unions. She also noted that Republicans who have been tepid about school choice in the past should reevaluate their stances on the issue.

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I absolutely think that Virginia is a very real example of what has been building now for some time,” ella añadió. “Any elected official had better take a serious look at what is going on there and consider how they can be with and for students in the future, not with and for systems and special interests.

Youngkin rally in Virginia.

Youngkin rally in Virginia. (REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz)

DeVos noted that Youngkin campaigned on pivotal education issues, including higher standards, parental rights, school choice and a ban on lessons based on teoría crítica de la raza (CRT).

Many parents have opposed CRT – a framework that involves deconstructing aspects of society to discover systemic racism beneath the surface – as divisive and racist, a criticism DeVos echoed.

Critical race theory is ill-conceived and it is outright racism itself,” le dijo a Fox News. While Terry McAuliffe, Youngkin’s Democratic opponent, had claimed that CRT is not taught in schools, DeVos referenced ways that Virginia’s Department of Education has promoted CRT.

McAuliffe himself lamented the proportion of White teachers in Virginia schools, presenting a plan todiversifythe teacher base in remarks that a Black civil rights leader condemned as “racista” y “insulting.

DeVos also noted McAuliffe’s infamous statement, “No creo que los padres deban decirle a las escuelas lo que deben enseñar.”

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Finalmente, she faulted the Democrat for bringing in Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, as hisclosing actat a rally the day before the election.

This movetotally encapsulatedthe idea that the election was a choice betweenYoungkin for parents and students and McAuliffe for teachers unions and their checkbooks,” DeVos said.

Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

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