Secretary is an Enemy of Public Schools
Carol Corbett Burris became Executive
Director of the Network for Public Education
Foundation in August 2015, after serving as
principal of South Side High School in the
Rockville Centre School District in NY since
2000. In 2010, she was named Educator of
the Year by the School Administrators
named SAANYS NYS High School Principal
of the Year. Dr. Burris co-authored
Detracking for Excellence and Equity and
authored On the Same Track: How Schools
Can Join the 21st Century Struggle against
DeVos has not taught or worked in public
schools, or been a parent of public-school
children, or earned experience or expertise as
a leader, scholar, or teacher educator in public
school districts. Yet to advance Trump’s call
to deregulate and privatize, she would be ideal.
Amway fortune), and through her personal role
on boards for such advocacy organizations as
Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in
Education, she has effectively leveraged her
wealth to shape policy, including the expansion
of school-choice and voucher programs,
alongside the deregulation of charter schools.
The research is clear: none of these 'reforms'
will strengthen public education overall, and
instead, have already proven to indirectly or
even directly exacerbate inequities.
Public education should be treated as a
centerpiece for strengthening any democratic
nation, and what the U.S. needs now is not
the heralding of silver bullets but instead the
investment in systemic reforms that draw on
compelling vision of the promises of public
schools. The narrow and ill-informed vision
and rhetoric put forth by Trump and DeVos
take us in the wrong direction.