Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos fired back at the head of a teachers’ union Tuesday and said, “It’s time for a lesson.”
DeVos spoke out Tuesday against Randi Weingarten, the American Federation of Teachers president, in regards to Weingarten’s tweet saying that DeVos attempts to keep children out of public schools.
“What about the 90% of children whose parents choose to send them to public schools despite all @BetsyDeVosED attempts to undermine them?” Weingarten said in a tweet Tuesday. Her tweet referenced a news story on President Donald Trump urging Congress to pass a bill boosting education choice. She did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
“It’s time for a lesson on accuracy,” DeVos tweeted back at Weingarten. “Parents don’t ‘choose’ to send their student to a government-assigned school – they actually don’t have a choice at all! In fact, 69% say they’d prefer to send their student elsewhere.”
DeVos tweeted her reply with an image of Weingarten’s tweet with his words crossed out and the grade “F” in the top right corner. “Parents don’t ‘choose’ to send their student to a government-assigned school,” DeVos wrote on the image as if she were grading a paper. “In fact, they don’t have a choice at all.”
She also sourced RealClear Opinion Research, which surveyed 2,014 registered U.S. voters between September 21–24, 2019 with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.38 percentage points. Devos did not respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.
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Trump’s proposal, which he has urged Congress to act on, would use federal tax credits to pay for education services and boost school choice. Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis also support the proposal.
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