Good News: A federal judge has issued an injunction preventing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from sending COVID aid meant for public schools to private religious schools.
The Washington Post reports:
A federal judge in Washington state temporarily blocked Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from enforcing a controversial rule that directs states to give private schools a bigger share of federal coronavirus aid than Congress had intended.
Education Week reports:
A federal judge has ruled against the U.S. Department of Education in a lawsuit over how much coronavirus aid public schools must set aside for private school students…
U.S. District Court Judge Barbara J. Rothstein harshly and repeatedly rejected the department’s arguments. She said that the agency subverted the intent of Congress and hurt students most affected by the pandemic, and that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos did not have the authority to issue the rule in the first place.
In her ruling, Judge Rothstein hammered DeVos for her “remarkably callous” attempt to divert funds meant for public schools to private religious schools.
In her decision Judge Rothstein wrote:
The department claim that the state faces only an economic injury, which ordinarily does not qualify as irreparable harm, is remarkably callous, and blind to the realities of this extraordinary pandemic and the very purpose of the Cares Act: to provide emergency relief where it is most needed.
Forcing the State to divert funds from public schools ignores the extraordinary circumstances facing the State and its most disadvantaged students.
Judge Rothstein is right. DeVos is “remarkably callous.” Indeed, DeVos is a religious extremist who has made it clear she wants to destroy public education and use taxpayer money to fund Christian schools.
DeVos is an anti-secular theocrat with no experience working in public education. She never attended public school. She did not send her kids to public school. She has never worked in a public school. She does not have an education degree, and she has never been a teacher. In fact, she has demonstrated an open hostility to public education, and a desire to destroy public education by using taxpayer money to subsidize private, religious schools.
In short, DeVos has always used her immense wealth and influence to try and destroy public education in America. And now, at least for the moment, a federal judge is preventing her from doing that.
Bottom line: A federal judge has issued an injunction preventing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from sending COVID aid meant for public schools to private religious schools.