Trump’s Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos says the department she once headed should be abolished, and at a conference that has dubbed teachers’ unions “K-12 cartels.”
- Betsy DeVos said the Department of Education (DOE) “shouldn’t exist anymore”.
- She served as Secretary of the DOE under Trump from February 2017 to January 2021
- Comments at the Moms for Liberty Summit in Tampa, Florida
- The group emerged against mask and vaccination requirements in schools during the COVID-19 pandemic
“Personally, I think the Department of Education shouldn’t exist,” DeVos told the crowd at the Moms for Liberty summit. according to Florida Phoenixduring her keynote address.
The denunciation of the department she once headed came at a three-summit meeting designed to train its 30-state members to create conservative majorities in their local school boards.
The woman DeVos interviewed over the weekend, the group’s co-founder Tiffany Justice, called the teachers’ unions a “K-12 cartel” during the summit, but insisted, “We love teachers here at Moms for Liberty.”
Moms for Liberty calls their efforts the parental rights movement that has sprung up during the COVID-19 pandemic due to widespread opposition to manufacturing and vaccination regulations in public schools.
Former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (right) said at the Moms for Liberty Summit in Tampa over the weekend that the department she once headed under Donald Trump “should no longer exist.”
DeVos’ call to get rid of the DOE isn’t a new idea.
Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky introduced a bill in 2021 to abolish the Department of Education.
“Unelected bureaucrats in Washington, DC should not be responsible for the intellectual and moral development of our children,” Massie said at the unveiling of the bill.
Co-signers included many pro-Trump conservative members of the House of Representatives, including Colorado’s Lauren Boebert and Florida’s Matt Gaetz.
DeVos was one of the Trump cabinet members who actually made it almost to the end of his term in the White House. She served as DOE secretary from February 7, 2017, less than a month after Trump took office, until January 8, 2021 — leaving just two days after the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.
She recently published her new book, Hostages No More: The Fight for Education Freedom and the Future of the American Child.
Florida as a target for this weekend’s summit was probably intentional, given its recent crackdown on public schooling.
The woman DeVos interviewed over the weekend, the group’s co-founder Tiffany Justice (pictured), called the teachers’ unions a “K-12 cartel” during the summit.
The Sunshine State, where Trump moved after leaving the White House, has become zero to increase parental involvement in classroom decisions and reduce government interference and teacher autonomy.
GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order in August 2021 banning mask mandates in state schools.
He also signed the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law, which went into effect July 1, prohibiting school staff from teaching children from kindergarten through third grade about sexual orientation and gender identity.
The new law allows parents to sue teachers who discuss these issues with their young children.
Another move by Florida last June was its Board of Education, which banned schools from teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT), which teaches America’s foundations are built on racism and critics claim it teaches children their country of being racist by nature.
Moms for Liberty co-founder Justice said the group aims to separate teachers from their unions. She said teachers’ unions help enforce liberal policies in classrooms.