It has become evident that the Trump administration, and in many cases several states as well, are bent on turning this nation’s public school system into a private, for-profit enterprise. The choice of Betsy DeVos, an individual without a single day of public school on her resume, as our secretary of education has led us to expect a bleak future for our public schools.

She has absolutely no experience for this position except as a supporter of vouchers and other public funding for private, parochial and for-profit institutions.

Meanwhile, the public schools that have powered this country’s literacy rate to among the highest in the world have been neglected.

It is time for the federal and state governments to boost public schools funding, not force them to fight with its private, unregulated and unaccountable competitor for the all too meager amount available.

Gerald Gordon, Strawn

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