Why Does Betsy DeVos Have It Out for Students?

The Department of Education faces yet another lawsuit — this time for illegally obtaining student social security data in order to support legal decisions related to student loan relief. 

Led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the department had previously been taken to court for refusing to process requests for loan forgiveness from students who had been ripped off by for-profit scam colleges.

So, yes, it’s still about student loan relief.

DeVos just doesn’t seem to have any compassion for the majority of Americans who weren’t born into wealth, as she was. You would think that a person from any class background would at least have some sympathy for someone who worked hard to improve themselves, only to be taken advantage of by a fraudulent college — but DeVos seems to side with the fraudsters.

Is she protecting scam colleges because her boss, President Donald Trump, created one — or is this just more tone-deaf victim blaming with a side of corporate coddling? In any case, it would appear that DeVos has no interest in supporting students. 

She won’t stand up for public schools. She refuses to protect female students against campus rape. And she won’t speak out against school shootings.

Sort of an odd career choice to become education secretary, then, isn’t it? Why did DeVos want this position if she isn’t actually interested in improving the lives of students or the quality of education? Oh, that’s right. She’s trying to kill the First Amendment.

If there’s one thing Trump administration officials have almost universally shared, it’s been a lack of qualifications and experience for the jobs they’ve been appointed to.

From under-the-radar picks like judge appointees with no legal experience and a USDA “chief scientist” with no knowledge or training in science, to Trump’s famously bad cabinet — including an anti-environmental EPA head and an energy secretary who couldn’t remember the name of the department he was running – the president’s picks have included some spectacularly terrible choices.

DeVos, an uneducated secretary for education, was clearly a match for this circus. In fact, she’s managed to become the most-hated cabinet member on the strength of her actions alone — soft-spoken voice and deer-in-headlights look be damned.

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

31 comments

Chrissie R
Chrissie R7 months ago

Thank you for posting.

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Winn A
Winn Adams7 months ago

Disgusting and despicable . . . . . .

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Winn A
Winn Adams7 months ago

She's a moron appointed by the moron in the White House.

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Paul Carter
Paul Carter7 months ago

As one of the 1% her only interest is in getting as much wealth out of the hands of the 99% and into her own. She probably believes being rich is a reward from her god for promoting his cause, and not being rich is a punishment from him. Like so many of the religious politicians she completely ignores most of the teachings of Jesus and sticks with the vindictive St Paul and the Old Testament bits that justify her way of life and allow her to attack those unlike her (i.e. not rich, white, and heterosexual).

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Anne M
Anne Moran7 months ago

They have more brains than she does,, that’s why...

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Brian F
Brian F7 months ago

She is a crook and a liar like all this fraud Trump's appointments who only got the job, because she is extremely wealthy. We need free colleges in this country. For profit colleges are criminal institutions that scam students out of money, and saddle them with debt. This crook DeVos has been extremely wealthy, and never had to work for anything her entire life, so she is the worst person to put in this position. It's a shame that such a horrible person, as Betsy DeVos is the Education Secretary.

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Loredana V
Loredana V7 months ago

I didn't know here, I learned something about her by Care2 articles. And I don't like her

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Belinda Lang
Belinda Lang7 months ago

I despise Betsy DeVos, because she is hurting people I care about--students. I wish that witchwould get on her broom and fly far away.

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Karen Swenson
Karen Swenson7 months ago

Don't you wonder just how much money these greedy, already millionaires/billionaires need, and yet they think we are out of line wanting a 15 dollar an hr minimum wage. They scream about lazy welfare schemers, tell everybody else to pull themselves up by their worn out, torn shoe straps, as they waltz around in 25,000 dollar Silvano's, all the while getting high paying prestigious jobs, they are completely unqualified for, live off the monies their past relatives made, and still not enough, they steal from the poor wanting more and more, like scrooge, offering us nothing but pitiful crumbs, platitudes and vicious attacks on our character. And the FACT their parents paid for them to get into the best schools, even tho they have the IQ of a dead earth worm!

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Cathy B
Cathy B7 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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