Betsy DeVos Throws Down With Teachers Union Over Who Knows What’s Best For Kids

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27:  (L-R) Co-teachers at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 Marisa Wiezel (who is related to the photographer) and Caitlin Kenny give a lesson to their masked students in their classroom on September 27, 2021 in New York City. New York City schools fully reopened earlier this month with all in-person classrooms and mandatory masks on students. The city's mandate ordering all New York City school staff to be vaccinated by midnight today was delayed again after a federal appeals court issued a temporary injunction three days before the mayor's deadline. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The union pushed back, claiming that their goal was for educators to work alongside parents to ensure that all students had the necessary “resources and opportunities” to provide the best learning environment possible.
  • “Together, families and educators are an essential team for advocating for the resources and opportunities all students need,” they said before taking a direct swipe at DeVos. “Out-of-touch billionaires, however, are not.”
  • DeVos’ comment appeared to strike the tone that has been echoed by the American people in recent elections, however, as several school boards were flipped to Republican control in Tuesday’s midterm election.

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