Secretary Devos Claims a Report Showing Charters Average 40% Failure Rate is Fake News, but Doesn’t Know What the Actual Failure Rate is
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testified before a House Appropriations subcommittee Thursday and was repeatedly unable to answer basic questions, got snippy with Democratic lawmakers, and falsely claimed research cited by top Democrats was wrong and had been “debunked.”
(The numbers behind that research came from DeVos herself, according to this piece in the Washington Post.)
Congressman Pocan was referring to reports that show more than 40 percent of charter schools funded in full or in part by the federal government “collected the grants and then either did not open, or have opened and shut down,” as the report’s author wrote in The Washington Post.
.@repmarkpocan: 40% of charter schools that you're giving grant to are closing down
BETSY DeVOS: That's a totally debunked report. It's just propaganda
POCAN: So what percent of charters are failing? Do you have an idea?
P: You're the secretary of education! pic.twitter.com/92K13Awaav
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 27, 2020
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