Betsy DeVos Calls For the Department of Education to be Abolished

Betsy DeVos, former Secretary of Education, said that she believes the Department of Education should cease to exist while speaking at the Moms for Liberty Summit in Florida.

Moms for Liberty is a nationwide non profit that promotes parental rights. Their mission statement says, “Moms for Liberty is dedicated to fighting for the survival of America by unifying, educating and empowering parents to defend their parental rights at all levels of government.”

DeVos added, “There are a lot of really nice and well-meaning people there. I don’t mean to disparage them in any way, but they are definitely oriented around being in their roles for probably most of their careers, if not all of them.”

DeVos said that she had to work around the “career staff” to push any of the reforms that she wanted to advance. DeVos also said that there were very few people who wanted to get work done and that most would present options that didn’t align with the goal that they had in mind.

DeVos has been previously blasted by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over her views on education. DeVos said, “We’ve heard shrill calls to cancel, to forgive, to make it all free. Any innocuous label out there can’t obfuscate what it really is — wrong.”

DeVos also called free college a “socialist takeover.”

AOC responded by comparing the capitalist approach to burying “millions of Americans in trillions of dollars in debt.”

The panel at the Moms for Liberty event also discussed school shootings and how it’s important to arm school personnel. Along with calling for a better relationship between school and law enforcement, the panel said that schools need to be hardened to protect life and ensure children are safe to learn.

DeVos isn’t a fan of teachers unions either. During the event, she called them “k-12 cartel.” Teachers unions have been reckless in their guidance and response to Covid-19, as seen in many inner city schools after the pandemic where teachers didn’t want to go back to school. Far too many students rely on schools for food and stability where both are absent at home.

DeVos’s comment came after Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced a bill that would abolish the Department of Education. The bill was introduced in 2021.