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What Betsy DeVos Didn't Say About School Choice

The Department of Education pick said a lot of things in her contentious Senate hearing. But she didn’t talk about how charter schools have fueled school re-segregation in urban America.
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Tuesday’s Senate confirmation hearing of Betsy DeVos, packed with reporters, surrogates, and congressional staff, was more heated than any Department of Education hearing in recent memory. DeVos made headlines for her evasive answers about political contributions made by her family’s foundation, her failures to denounce gun bans in schools (citing the threat of “potential grizzly bears”), and her shaky grasp of federal education in general.

But one topic never came up: American schools’ deeply entrenched racial segregation.