African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

"Listen to Your Community": An Open Letter to Betsy DeVos by Shetal Vohra-Gupta

Thu, February 2, 2017
Betsy DeVos

Dr. Shetal Vohra-Gupta, Associate Director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis, pens an open letter to billionaire philanthropist, and Donald Trump's potential new Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. In the letter, Dr. Vohra-Gupta writes, "In watching your confirmation hearing a few weeks ago, it is clear that you have worked to move the needle in education by offering choices to parents if they are not happy with their child’s education. This market-based strategy should ideally work for all Americans as you have inferred. While I applaud the intention behind your efforts, I must assert that this type of policy leaves out the children and families that need the most assistance. Like I once did, Ms. Devos, I think you are speaking from a place of misinformed privilege. And like me, if you took a step out of that privilege to see how new education policies could serve overlooked communities, you could innovate on an unprecedented scale."

Read the entire letter here

 

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