Protect Public Education – Stop Betsy DeVos! • BRAVE NEW FILMS


The job of the Secretary of Education is to ensure that every community has quality education. When I first heard about Betsy DeVos being nominated I thought “Oh god no. I hope she can be stopped.” Betsy DeVos was nominated by Donald Trump to be Secretary of Education. She is a very radical extremist choice because she’s actually opposed to public education In nominating DeVos, Trump makes it loud and clear that his education policy will focus on privatizing, defunding and destroying public education in America The New York Times notes DeVos helped turn her home state of Michigan into one of the nation’s biggest “school choice” laboratories and the result was disasterous If given the power and authority should eliminate public education and replace it with religious schools and charter schools The DeVos family, Betsy and her husband they sponsored a referendum to change the state constitution so that money could flow to religious schools and that referendum was defeated subsequently Betsy DeVos and her husband have put their money into charter schools Charter schools are free public schools that receive state and federal funds. These schools are privately run Betsy DeVos and her family have helped to create the environment in the state of Michigan which has many many charter schools. There are some good charter schools but they’re not very many of them. Here in Michigan seventy to eighty percent are run by private for-profit companies so while technically those schools are public schools that public money goes to private for-profit The DeVos family spend money through their political action groups to run people against supporters of public education and states across the country We change policy through political efforts to elect or defeat candidates in states based on this issue If you’re looking at Michigan, our entire state is failing and giving her this job based on that? It’s a sin and a shame A lot of schools and people in authority are letting our children down. Charter schools get the vast majority of their funding from the public but they don’t have the accountability mechanisms that public schools have to have Michigan has no accountability for charter schools Michigan is now spending a billion dollars a year on unregulated unaccountable unsupervised charter schools the quality of education in the charter schools is worse than in the public schools These schools are doing worse than our traditional public schools They are not able to read at certain levels even through high school All the parents want is greater choice for their children and they’re happy with how their kids are doing if they’re not happy they change to another school My children have attended 27 schools trying to give them a quality education I had five children in schools and they closed those schools down without any community input. In my city, charter schools can open and close whenever, wherever they want 3 Detroit charter schools shut their doors forever This charter school suddenly closed its doors in the middle of the day Suddenly and unexpectedly closing its doors How much of that money is going to be returned now that it’s closed? Well none, Bob, not a penny — everything computers, furniture, paper, all of it bought with taxpayer dollars The school has no students but it gets to keep everything it bought What children are robbed of is the stability that they need to learn They had no regulations they were changing management companies in the middle of the school year and it wasn’t the teachers, the teachers were awesome How long can you go year after year with not getting what you need without not having an assistant in the classroom overcrowded classes not enough supplies no prep time Who’s going to benefit from that because it’s not the children The best school are those where children and teachers and parents work together and where there’s a good relationship where everybody is centered on helping the children do better Even after waiting in line their kids may not get in because the line just got in the building where they had to enter a lottery Not all of the the parents and the students that apply are able to get into the program every year As districts lose their federal oversight they do begin to resegregate Charter schools are a new form of modern-day segragation The more choices we have the more competition we have But we don’t have good choices in our city Wherever you hear the term school choice remember that it was started initially by this southern segregationists like George Wallace of Alabama and the many segregationists who, like him, wanted to keep the school’s absolutely divided That’s my fear that we’re going to go back 50 60 years again and that’s what scares me Because of the lack of oversight the administrators and the people in charge of these charter schools can do what they wish with the money research into that has found a lot of wrongdoing Our money is being mismanaged by people who are in it for the money In Philadelphia alone at least ten executives or top administrators have pled guilty in the last decade to charges like fraud, misusing funds, and obstruction of justice One of the charter school my daughter attended, they didn’t have books they were making copies from the books and sending them home It funnels public money that should be going to public schools into charter schools which of course leads public education to fail and then the GOP turns around and says look at these failing public schools, let’s shut them down The DeVos agenda has already been proven to be one that ruins public schools And if you would hurt a great city like Detroit what would you do to other cities that struggle, that have needs and really want to have a high quality education for their children? The sidelines were covered with parents teachers and students We’re going to have to stand up for our public schools Make sure our kids get a quality education for their future And we don’t want this model throughout the United States Her intention is to make all of our schools charter You lured me in with the promise of a high quality education. And you’ve lied. We have to show them the right way to do things Join together and defend public education We want everybody in America to have a voice and to know that they do matter Public school needs to be safeguarded

80 thoughts on “Protect Public Education – Stop Betsy DeVos! • BRAVE NEW FILMS”

  1. This video is fake. The people interviewed on the video are reading scripts. This is propaganda. The reason for the video is to give people without critical thinking a reason to believe our educational system is America is actually worth keeping. First of all, students learn in school what the AGENDA wants them to learn, (who owns the text books) not what is true, but to continue the lies fed to every generation for eons. Education in America needs reform, students need to think with the truth, not being spoon fed lies, and pharmaceutical to calm them down, and mandatory vaccines, microchipped….Come on people wake up THE AGENDA is trying to get you on their side.

  2. Public schools are over crowded. The video sounds like public schools. people you are being lied to in this video, this is really about public education, admin stealing funds, school not providing school supplies, paper, books, public school budgets being slashed, there is a reason for our educational system going down the toilet. The "SYSTEM" is trying to create zombies controllably on anti-depressants, creating people who will go to a mindless job day after day not complain, be obedient, take their vaccines, be micro-chipped, eat GMO, think persistent contrails (chemtrails) are really clouds, because there is no mention in school. Eat processed packaged food loaded with high fructose corn syrup, GMOed out with pesticides, food grown with pesticides, factory farms meat shot up with antibiotics. If the system doesn't keep you controlled on pharmaceuticals then you'll drink fluoride in tap water, the SYSTEM will find a way to destroy you. What about radiation in the ocean, new industry pops up farmed fish more pharmaceuticals, more dumbing down.

  3. DeVos is utterly ignorant, delusional, and pathetically uneducated. She has no role in guiding public education in the US. She wants to use a role in federal education to push her fake sky-daddy down children's throats. Fuck DeVos.

  4. Betsy DeVos' agenda is a clear and alarming example of the neoliberal attack on public education waged by corporatist politicians who believe they know better than teachers on how our education system should function.

    They want to privatize education and turn it into a business, where profit is prioritized over student achievement.

    They want to force schools to compete against each other for funding, while diverting it from the struggling schools that need help the most.

    They want to turn students into customers and school districts into shopping malls, where school choice provides families the "freedom" to select from many options that often fail to provide quality education for their children.

    Although our public schooling certainly has its flaws, no one should ever apply free market principles to the entire education system. Schools are not (and should never be considered) a business under any circumstances.

    Parents, students, and teachers should all stand up against the corporate takeover of public schools if the Trump administration pushes for it, and fight back without any mercy, for the future of our children, education, and country is at stake.

  5. You worry about segregation in schools. Black Lives Matters movement advocated that some schools should be separated because whites are dangerous somehow

  6. Anyone with any corporate business experience can see this is NOT a peaceful transition of government power, it's a classic hostile take over.

    The final push toward corporate authority…

    Sadly as usual middle & lower income people will be the main looser's in all this, fucked if you do, fucked if you don't that's the power of your vote… L.O.V.E.*Rulz

  7. This video is total BULLLSHIT!!! I just looked up Michigan's ranking in overall education and for the past 5 years their students have preformed overall around the 48-52% right in league with the national average. The adoption of "charter" schools hasn't really made very much of an impact. However I would probably agree that there needs to be better oversight. As with any and all Government programs.

  8. public schools need competitors to help improve their ratings.  If all you have are public schools, then they will all receive funding no matter what and have no urge to better their students.  By removing the funding and giving it to someone that can perform better you cause a struggle which makes people work harder to earn it.

  9. @4:10 thats because your city is run by a corrupt one party system full of morons and uneducated boobs conning you. Funny thing is elsewhere where there is some honesty at the top (in both DNC and GOP States) they are AWESOME. Higher scores, better college placement, and more successful students.

  10. What you're pushing for with this propaganda piece is for children and parents not to have a choice. If there's only a crappy public school in their area, that's where you want them to go– even if the same amount of per-pupil spending could give them a far superior local education. You probably only have experience with decent public schools and are thinking those are going to be forced to shut down. That isn't the case. If a charter school is worse than the local public school, the parents will prefer to keep their kids in the public school. No one is forcing them out, that isn't how this works. The only way they could be shut down is if parents and students choose to abandon them in droves. This is fear over superior competition. Please don't be fooled.

    I can't believe you presented the Stossel clip where he shows parents waiting in lines around the block hoping to be entered into a lottery for admission to a Charter school. The reason for that line is because the state forces them to limit the number of admissions, and because the public schools in that area are so poor by comparison that those seats are in in very high demand. You want that to count AGAINST the charter schools? No, it's a failure of the local public schools. Otherwise there would be no lines. Also, no schools that receive public funds segregate by race– that certainly is not something Devos is pushing for. There is the appearance of segregation even in many public schools because of the ways the districts are drawn– more school choice actually reduces that.

  11. I don't think all charter schools are not functioning well. We live in a community where the public school option is very bad so we went with the charter school. It's very diverse and responsible with funding. It also offers more progressive thinking in terms of the curriculum compared to our public school options. I think we need to do this community by community and have a choice for parents. I am willing to pay more into my public charter school to have the option to send my kids there knowing that there are some families in our school community that cannot pay more, but want the ability to send their children there.

  12. I just called my senator and congressman and told them to please support and confirm Betsy Devos nomination for secretary of education. Because I want to see public education destroyed once and for all.

  13. my mom has been teaching for 30 years now, this is terrifying to see someone so unqualified for a job potentially getting it. a person who's nearly destroyed public schools in her state alone, now she might get power over all 50?

  14. Charter schools have been proven to work and America would greatly benefit from more of them. This is what Devos wants more of. They provide a better education, have a focus on strict learning, do not waste money, and finally have teachers that are not protected by tenure. In other words, they have to fight for there job so that they wont be fired ( much like many other countless occupations). This creates some of the best teachers around. A quick research of the topic will show the power of the free market system (capitalism) on schools. I encourage everyone to read on both sides of this argument to not seem ignorant

  15. I have dedicated my adult life, professional life, personal life to educating the children in my classroom for over 23 years in Michigan. I cherish my students, and the bright futures that they will have. I have lost sleep, stayed up all night, dedicated weekends, and freely given my evenings to doing what it takes so they have the opportunities they need and deserve in the classroom. It takes dedication. It takes teamwork. And yes, it takes a village to guide, nurture and educate kids so they can reach their full potential. It takes parents, students, and teachers working together. It takes schools and communities being unified and supportive of the educational needs of all of their kids. It takes all of us. This video is powerful, and really speaks to the truth of how DeVos has been attacking, undermining, and weakening public education in my home state, Michigan. She is utterly unqualified for the position she has been appointed to as the next Secretary of Education for the United States. She never attended a public school in her life. Her children have never attended a public school in their life. She does not have ANY educational background in education. What are her qualifications? She has BOUGHT influence in GOP circles to push a radical view of private and for profit educational systems in the State of Michigan. That has bought her influence on issues she is ignorant about, and now she is poised to push that ideological vision of corporate education on the U.S.A. It breaks my heart! I hope others will continue to speak up to mitigate the dangerous influence she currently wields like a hammer in public policy circles in my home state, and soon, potentially the entire country.

  16. What is he doing. I knew he had no idea what he was doing but come on he has to know better than this. This women is insane her family is a band of CRIMINALS.

    She is the CO-FOUNDER of AMWAY. The legalized Ponzi Scheme that steals money from thousands of people.

    Her brother is the founder of Blackwater Security Consultants which has been shutdown and virtually sold for scrap because of crimes it committed over in Iraq.

    What is our President-Elect DOING

  17. Go Trump!
    I wondered if any of the speakers, in the video, were involved in the massive damage done in Atlanta, Ga. by Administration and teachers. They caused a lot of problems for students.
    Some involved in the scam got jail time.

  18. I have never seen such a strong courageous lady (DeVos) in politics to speak so much truth for the people (not Politically correct but truth). I'm so proud to be American today to be led by such visionary and strong leader!!!
    God bless America and such brave people who speak their mind and truth.

  19. I highly doubt that many people knocking Ms. Devos o this forum have had kids in truly SHITTY public schools like my son was in his middle school. Do you think people in NYC and other places line up like they're waiting for the megamillions results to see if their kids get into a charter school because they love their public schools? Out there in actual America, there are parents that care more about their kids than they do the crappy, expensive, dangerous public schools and it's not a theoretical argument to them. They know if their kids remain in these schools, they'll be unprepared and unarmed in the adult labor force. We can't afford to keep this country afloat with immigrants who arrive with better educations than us. Competition to find the most effective way is the only way to make a dent in this.

  20. I am not a resident of Michigan so other then propaganda sheets put out but various groups really don't know what is going on their. But I do have concerns with allowing funding be used on private education. I am a 30 year serviced school employee now retired and no, not a teacher, principal or any Union was I ever part of, nor would I be. I was a facility director for that 30 years in 2 different states and 4 different districts, so have a feel for public education. Is it perfect, no. But for the most part comprised of people greatly, greatly interested in your child's success. I see school staff being surrogate moms, dads, advisers, counselors, friends and advocates for those children who have no or very little parent support. As well as supporting those with special needs. My fear is vouchers will even spread the distance between those who have and those who have not. Taking money out of education is not the way to support it and make it better. Separating those to have and those who have not is not the way to build an education or fix a problem as well. I am an Anglo American male and this looks like another way to support the wealthy whites of the United States.

  21. Betsy DeVos absolutely horrifies me! Charter and private education are fine (some of them work wonderfully), but I'm 100% against destroying public schools in order to have them. Just like private prisons, they can be a recipe for disaster when businesses care more about their profit than the people they serve.

  22. Education should not be about profit.
    Trump is boosting the military budget by 100b dollars while our schools are falling apart.

  23. if you dont like/trust charter school dont go there.. simple.. goverment are paying the tuition of kids that wanted to go charter, not funding the school its self. its a huge difference it between.

  24. No, this is crap propaganda. The very first statement is the problem. The job of the Secretary of education, is to make sure every CHILD has a high quality education. I notice they don't offer any quantitative comparisons between the charter and non-charter schools. Why do you think that is? If the charter schools are so bad, why do you think parents are still sending their students? Why would parents be on waiting lists? The public schools have been ruined by the teachers' unions, and she is going to fix it!

  25. Why were those closed-down charter schools allowed to keep everything they purchased with public funds? In public school, all discards have to go to a public auction!

  26. I disagree with any idea of guns being allowed in schools. Further, I think that schools, at least those below college level, are primarily centers for scholastic pursuits. They are NOT centers of indoctrination in political correctness. The reason for this is simply because as time goes on our collective ideas about social issues changes. Our young people should not be taught the ideas of the moment. Let them sort those things out for themselves as they age and mature. Any ideas regarding homosexuality are the private business of parents to teach, not primary, public schools. Why? Because below a certain age students are too malleable and immature for such topics. I fully realize that so many will disagree with my views. They are mine nonetheless and so long as we have freedom of thought in our country I will not allow anyone to change them. The federal government has no damn business interfering in those things which are the preogatives of parents. The federal government of the USA is our servant, not our master.

  27. The idea that school choice supporters are "destroying" public education is completely ridiculous. As long as each student has enough funds assigned to them, then public education will be just fine. The unions don't like De Vos because they have a financial interest in keeping district schools open. If district schools close, that means fewer public school teachers, which means fewer $$ in union dues, which means they can't spend the money they steal from us on political agenda. If you're going to "follow the money" in DeVos's case, you have to do the same for the NEA/AFT.

  28. The sad part is this BITCH devos got CONFIRMED trump is a fucking asshole for threatening our childrens education this woman is not qualified period !

  29. The children don't benefit whether monies are poured in or not the more money they get, the dumber the kids are. we are up to over12,000 dollars per kid in public school. The public schools are not for the interests of the child, it's for the teachers unions, their pensions, tenure and lack of accountability..

  30. Protect Public Education? You mean Protect Public Indoctrination, right? Especially the indoctrination of children in grade school. The filthy liberal worm is the ultimate predator.

  31. Ha Ha Ha Ha
    Democrats lose again
    Lol
    Finally an end to the teachers unions
    Teacher union teachers indoctrinate kids with communism

  32. video reported for inciting hate and violence, not so tolerante this leftists these days, soon people will revolt against you they are getting fed up with your childish actions. This video is a attack to human inteligence.

  33. As a parent who lived in low income communities desperate to get my son out of the dangerous and failing public schools, I can say I felt utterly hopeless when he was forced to attend district schools which were no better than prisons. People argue that the fight for public schools is for the children but if anyone cared for the children, they would understand parents and not the government, understand their children's needs. Take a tour of the scary schools with metal detectors and fenced in stairwells before you decide some child's fate.

  34. Republicans always talk about choice or giving you the opportunity to choose .what a crock .same with defunding ACA they won't to give you the tools to choose choose what? .racist Jesus freaks .

  35. because public education is nothing but indoctrination and lies..Its about time our children are taught the truth rather than what the elite want pumped into youth..Common core is racism bottom line..Some of our children are beaten after schools because of the distorted lies being fed to them…This will also spread to MSM. and Hollywood which is another form of indoctrination…And it's about time..

  36. Public education sucks, has sucked for years, that is why we need parents! I teach my children, pay their college tuition, and now they are doing just fine! Don't need BIG GOVERNMENT teaching and telling me and my children anything…

  37. Fuck that. Home school. Im home schooling my kids. If ur tired of this public school nonsense, get prepared to home school. if you live in and around Nashville, TN i will voluntarily educate your children along with my own. idk how we will make it but enough is enough.

  38. Public schools are teaching us like shit, but authorize of where u coming from and having these uncease debates to make it as a safe space environment. Kids today need to choose their own quality of pace education. Rather than staying in mass destruction of learning.

  39. protect the teaching unins more like. Public cash is public education. hand that cash to the parents and get out of the way.

  40. This Bitch is Evil and a Hypocrite who hides behind her Fake Values and The Bible. Greedy and Dangerous to Children 😡🤮

  41. Worth mentioning that <10% of Detroit public schools kids are at grade level. They’re doing awesome, why would anyone want a change?

  42. I teach in Michigan. We need smaller class sizes not larger. Our children deserve so much better than these politicians want to provide for them! This is a deliberate attack on our schools, teachers and children. What a nation focuses on we get more of. We live in a nation of unbridled greed leaving our most vulnerable people left to suffer while we fully fund death and destruction around the world. What a sad time in the world we are in.

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