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Letter: DeVos is exactly what education system needs

DeVos is exactly what education system needs

I am writing in rebuttal to the letter, “DeVos is unqualified to be education chief,” from a retired middle school teacher and current teacher at the University at Buffalo.

Betsy DeVos is qualified as well as prepared to become an outstanding secretary of education, something that has been sorely missed for the past eight years under President Barack Obama.

What alarms some people is that DeVos believes that parents should have a choice where and by whom their child is educated.

People I know who are public school teachers in Buffalo reside in the suburbs because they are aware that the Buffalo Public Schools are a joke. Others have their kids enrolled in charter schools because they know those administrators and teachers care about educating their kids and produce positive results.

The teachers union needs to be abolished; let charter schools reign. Today’s union teacher is too consumed with generous pay raises, additional retirement and health benefits, smaller class sizes and being unaccountable for high student dropout rates. New teachers must succumb to the union boss to do the minimum, which is used as a bargaining chip in contract negotiations.

The writer found fault with DeVos for being “unable to speak to proficiency and growth, two key concepts in education, during her confirmation hearings, highlighting her lack of understanding of basic principles.” I’m not sure what she meant by that, but her eloquent analogy was “imagine a carmaker who could not tell you the difference between a carburetor and a muffler.”

I saw DeVos’ confirmation hearing and thought she did an excellent job answering questions from vicious pro-teacher union congressional Democrats.

Joe Cyran


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