Betsy DeVos' orgs donate $122K to Bill Schuette, and there's a children's book about them

Jun 5, 2018 at 11:23 am
click to enlarge Betsy DeVos' orgs donate $122K to Bill Schuette, and there's a children's book about them
Progress Michigan

File this one under "not shocking" and "rats in cahoots" — it seems Betsy DeVos and her family is banking heavily on Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette in his bid to be Michigan's next governor.

Progress Michigan recently noted the financial link between the billionaire U.S. Education Secretary, her family's organizations, and Schuette. That information was first published on the Michigan Campaign Finance Network's site.

As is well-documented, Schuette and DeVos are far right wing, anti-immigrant, teacher union busting proponents of the corporate agenda.

DeVos recently suggested schools should call ICE on kids they suspected of being in the country illegally; killed policies designed to address rampant campus sexual abuse; cut back on civil rights investigations that protect students; rolled back consumer protections for student loan borrowers; and uses public money to support private schools.

Similarly, Schuette led the charge against legalizing gay marriage, a case he lost; wants to hand taxpayer money to private schools; fought to keep money from teachers that courts ruled was rightfully theirs; and argued that kids don't have a constitutional right to literacy.

Birds of a feather, indeed. Progress Michigan also had some fun with the pair by developing a children's book and website called Scary Story Time: Betsy and Bill. The site "details the relationship between Betsy and Bill, and how they have used their positions of power to influence education policy at both the state and national level to the detriment of Michigan’s students, teachers, and families." The book — well, it does the same, but with a few more laughs.

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