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Betsy DeVos Taking a Ton of Heat for Praising HBCUs as ‘Pioneers of School Choice’


Following President Donald Trump‘s meeting yesterday with a number of representatives of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released a statement that somehow tied the meeting to one of her key policy goals. (Emphasis added.)

They started from the fact that there were too many students in America who did not have equal access to education. They saw that the system wasn’t working, that there was an absence of opportunity, so they took it upon themselves to provide the solution.

HBCUs are real pioneers when it comes to school choice. They are living proof that when more options are provided to students, they are afforded greater access and greater quality. Their success has shown that more options help students flourish.

Well, as one would expect, this statement created quite a bit of backlash, largely due to the fact that most HBCUs were established during a time when African American students had no other choices when it came to education.

The president is expected to sign an executive order related to HBCUs sometime today and DeVos is scheduled to give an address at a luncheon that will be attended by reps from the colleges and Congress.

DeVos’ “school choice” comment wasn’t the only thing causing outrage surrounding Trump’s meeting with the HBCU leaders. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway being pictured kneeling on the Oval Office couch during a photo op also led to a large amount of ridicule.

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