Mercedes Schneider: Betsy DeVos Cherrypicks One Student Success in a Failing Virtual Charter School

(Betsy DeVos, as an apple grower for whom I once worked liked to say about dubious or unscrupulous people, bears watching. Diane Ravitch and her network of policy analysts have done an excellent job of scrutinizing this callow, self-serving heiress who is, very clearly, in way over her head as Secretary of Education.)

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You will note that all of Betsy DeVos’s stories are about struggling students who were rescued from failing public schools by choosing to go to a charter school, a religious school, a home school, or a virtual charter school. Apparently she has never in her life seen a successful public school.

Her latest story is about a young man from India who attended the usual horrible public school. But his life was turned around because he had the good fortune to attend a virtual charter school in Washington State. DeVos was speaking to the National Association of State Boards of Education.

Mercedes Schneider decided it was time for fact-checking.

The young man to whom DeVos referred attended a virtual charter with a four-year graduation rate of 19.1%. After five years, the graduation rate was up to 23.6%.

Surely, someone on her staff knew this. Yet she chose to conceal that…

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