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Solly Mack

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Busy observing the group dynamics of dust bunnies.

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Besty Devos lied about the history of school choice and she knows she lied.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos offered a positively Orwellian explanation Monday of why historically black colleges and universities were created in the United States. Incredibly, she suggested that they were “real pioneers” in the school-choice movement and “started from the fact that there were too many students in America who did not have equal access to education.”

But the truth about school choice is:

Once schools were desegregated, white people would start inexpensive private schools to keep their white children from attending public schools with black children.

And - this is the actual birth of "school choice" - those all white segregation academies demanded taxpayer vouchers to pay their tuition.

Same thing DeVos supports now. Taking money away from public schools to fund vouchers in the name of "school choice".

So, school choice began as a racist response to school desegregation. White people not wanting their kids to attend public schools with black students.

Betsy DeVos told a huge lie about HBCU and school choice and she knows she lied because she knows the racist history of school choice/vouchers in America, but pretends she doesn't. I don't think she would have tried to link "school choice" with HBCU if she didn't know the racist history of school choice - in an attempt to downplay that racist history. Which makes her statement that much more egregious.

Segregation Academies and Other History Stuff by me

And, to add, because my research was used by a school district in New Jersey to fight against vouchers and taking public school funds away from public schools.

More on Segregation Academies.

In Southern Towns, 'Segregation Academies' Are Still Going Strong

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