This Press Release Went to Media Nationwide

As I have said before, Mark’s Text Terminal is not a political blog. However, this blog is in favor of public schools, and aims to support them. Betsy DeVos is one of the most unqualified nominees for a cabinet position in my lifetime, and in any case is a dangerous ideologue who operates from a position of rarefied wealth and privilege; she has apparently, not to put too fine a point on it, never worked a day in her life. She should not be confirmed as Secretary of Education.

Diane Ravitch's blog

The following press release was sent to radio stations, TV stations, and print media by the Institute for Public Accuracy:

Ravitch is author of many books, including Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools and The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education. She is a research professor of education at New York University and served as Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to the Secretary of Education from 1991-1993 under the George H. W. Bush administration. She now blogs at

She said today: “Betsy DeVos should not be approved by the Senate committee or confirmed by the Senate as U.S. Secretary of Education. She has no experience or qualifications for the job. She is a lobbyist for alternatives to public schools. Eighty-five percent of the students in the U.S. attend…

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