Betsy DeVos applauds historically segregated schools as 'pioneers of school choice'

  • Betsy DeVos applauds historically segregated schools as 'pioneers of school choice'

Betsy DeVos applauds historically segregated schools as 'pioneers of school choice'

Beckley and almost 80 other presidents of history black colleges and universities, met last Monday with President Trump and other top officials at the White House. "And it gives him an insight into really what's happening".

She was accused of ignoring the fact that numerous schools were founded because black students were not allowed to attend segregated white schools, not because education pioneers wanted to give African-Americans more options in higher education, the New York Times reported.

Philander Smith College President Roderick Smothers offered positive reviews for the meeting at large, acknowledging the diverse reaction among his presidential peers, but saying that his "gut feeling" was that the Trump Administration had genuine affection for the mission and work of HBCUs.

Warmack was one of about 18 HBCU presidents invited back to the White House for the order signing Tuesday. There was anticipation among the representatives that the president would set aside additional funding for HBCUs or potentially create new tax incentives for private sector donors to the schools, Wilson said. Those colleges and other historically black colleges face financial issues. So, Secretary DeVos misstated that, but that does not mean she should be diminished or dismissed.

"Know that beginning today, this administration is committed to ensuring that historically black colleges and universities get the credit and the attention they deserve", Pence said after the meeting.

In 2015, President Obama proposed two years of free community college without consulting HBCU advocates.

Trump signed the executive order on February 28 the same day that new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released a statement using HBCUs as a bastion for school choice, a statement which drew ire from politicians and academics alike. But Trump said moving it to the White House will make it "an absolute priority".

DEVOS: "They saw that the system wasn't working, that there was an absence of opportunity, so they took it upon themselves to provide the solution", she said in a statement after meeting with HBCU presidents and chancellors who were in Washington to lobby administration officials.

The second issue with DeVos's statement is her utter lack of understanding of the US and HBCU history. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., arranged with HBCU presidents, GOP officials, and business leaders.

President Trump should not only refuse to fund the program, he should call out the program for what it is: legal theft.

President Donald Trump says he will have a "big statement" on his plans to rebuild the nation's roads and bridges in his address to Congress on Tuesday night. In a statement released after the meetings, the UNCF, which represents the bulk of the nation's HBCUs, acknowledged that Trump's executive order didn't go far enough.

Mercifully for this White House, Black History Month is over for 2017.

Dozier also met with David Perdue, who said he would be on a committee focusing on HBCU's.

"Since then we've seen Federal and State divestment in education, making the idea of education as the path to the American dream more of a hallucination for the poor and disenfranchised", he planned to say. "And we didn't see it before". The black-oriented website noted, "In a nutshell, Trump's executive order does not strongly depart from an order signed by the Obama administration in 2009". Those points included: convening a White House summit on the schools; including them in a national infrastructure program; a plan to rejuvenate and boost the effectiveness of Pell Grants; and improving and simplifying the student aid process, among other items. "Bucking that status quo, and providing an alternative option to students denied the right to attend a quality school is the legacy of HBCUs", she said at the luncheon.

The future of HBCUs is one of the few issues that Black members of Congress and Southern White Republicans can often find policy agreement on in an ultra-partisan era.