By Jay Buckley
The Department of Education was created in 1867. Since then, many things have changed to help benefit children in all communities throughout the United States. Laws have been passed to prohibit discrimination based on race, sex, and disability. Programs like Title I bring federal aid to schools in poor urban and rural areas. The assistance of these programs also benefits postsecondary education by providing financial aid programs for college students.
Education is one of the biggest tools for success. Unfortunately, some neighborhoods are unable to provide the same amount of support and money like other communities throughout the same district. The public should be more outraged by this because by funding these schools, they are ultimately investing in the future of our nation through our children.
Recently, there have been two individuals who are on opposing ends of public school spectrums. Betsy DeVos, who was nominated by President Trump as the Secretary of Education and Chancelor Bennett, better known as Chance the Rapper. DeVos and her children have never attainted public schools, while Chance is a product of the Chicago Public School system. Neither of them have a degree in education but they both have made very powerful stances about public schooling.
DeVos is an advocate for “school choice” meaning parents who are able to could send their children to private schools bringing along the money they would provide to the local public school. She believes in school vouchers which use public money to fund private, religious schools. Overall, she is dangerous to public school systems especially those in low income neighborhoods.
Chance believes “funding for public schools is the single most important investment a community can make.” He met with the Governor of Illinois to discuss funding for Chicago’s public schools. He has donated $1 million and raised $2.2 million in grant money. He also plans on hosting an awards show in 2018 for teachers, parents, principals, and students that convey leadership.
Taking away money from public schools fail to protect kids from increased segregation. The schools in low income neighborhoods already struggle with funding for the school system. It is clear that DeVos does not understand the role of the department or perhaps she does not take it seriously. After looking at the 2018 budget for Education, it is clear we need more people who are as passionate about the importance of funding public education as Chance the Rapper.