The Hightower Report: Should We Entrust Our Schoolchildren to Corporate Profiteers?

What’s your education worth?

Betsy DeVos and her hubby, Dick, are lucky enough to have inherited a big chunk of the multibillion-dollar fortune that Daddy DeVos amassed through his shady Amway corporation. But what they've done with their Amway money is certainly not the American way.

The DeVos couple are part of the Koch brothers' coterie, pushing plutocratic policies that reject our country's one for all, all for one egalitarianism. In particular, Ms. DeVos has spent years and millions of dollars spreading the right wing's ideological nonsense that our tax dollars should even be given to private schools that exclude people of color and the poor, as well as to profiteering schools known to cheat students and taxpayers.

Bizarrely, Donald Trump chose this vehement opponent of public education to head up the agency in charge of – guess what – public education. Rather than working to help improve our public schools, the Trump-DeVos duo wants to take $20 billion from their federal funding and give it to corporate chains.

To see the "efficiency" of this scheme, look to Arizona, where state Senate president Steve Yarbrough pushed privatization into law. One of Arizona's corporatized schools, called ACSTO, pays its executive director $125,000. His name is Steve Yarbrough. ACSTO also pays millions of dollars to another for-profit corporation named HY Processing to handle administrative chores. The "Y" in HY stands for Yarbrough. And ACSTO pays $52,000 a year in rent to its landlord – yes, Steve Yarbrough.

As Wall Street banksters, drug company gougers, airline fee fixers, and so many others have taught us over and over, most corporate executives are paid big bucks to take every shortcut to cheat and do whatever to squeeze out another dime in profits. Why would we entrust our schoolchildren to them?

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