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Betsy DeVos--famously known for her family’s wealth and mega GOP donor status, focus on dismantling unions (specifically teachers’ unions) with so-called “right to work," and tampering with Michigan’s public schools in favor of charters--has been tapped as the next Education Secretary.
The DeVos family's influence reaches far beyond Michigan borders--they recently gave $100,000 in donations to Governor-elect Eric Greitens.
As the former chair of the Michigan Republican Party, DeVos backed a failed ballot initiative in 2000 that would have amended the state constitution to allow students to use taxpayer dollars to attend private schools.
Despite its failure, DeVos has remained a political influence, pushing Michigan lawmakers to erode their public education system between funding gaps and “championing” unregulated charter school systems.
Let's cross our fingers it takes more than $100k to convince Governor-elect Greitens to strengthen--not erode--public education in Missouri.