Betsy Devos Stops in Greenville

Talked about new education plan

Evan Smith
July 18, 2019 - 3:48 pm

Education Secretary Betsy Devos is used to the controversy by now.

Perhaps no one in the Trump Administration has received more criticism and outright hate than she has, owing to her stance on school choice.

On Thursday Devos spoke alongside Governor Henry McMaster at Hidden Treasure Christian School, a private k-12 school for special needs students in Taylors.

Devos spoke about her plan to create education scholarships for students across the country to attend private schools, as opposed to public schools in their area that aren’t meeting the grade.

The plan was introduced by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Rep. Gradley Byrne of Albama, where it was met with opposition from Democrats in both houses.

Deeming it “dead on arrival,” Democrats in Congress say the plan will undermine public education, with presidential candidate Joe Biden decrying the “Trump-Devos” education agenda in a recent stop campaigning in Iowa.

“We need much more education,” Biden said, “and we need to deal with, quite frankly, the end of the Trump-Devos education agenda.”

Devos pushed back against that when speaking with Brian Kilmeade on Fox.

“I actually take a lot of issue with the things he’s said,” Devos said. “With regard to education, we are advocating for more freedom in education for parents and students to be able to take much more control. We’ve done the same thing for 50 or 60 years with more and more resources, and expected different results, and we haven’t gotten them. We’ve got to do something different, and we’ve got to empower students and parents.”

Still, with Democratic control in the house, Devos’ plan is not likely to go anywhere anytime soon.

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