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Cap Times interviews UW's Conrad about Trump’s secretary of education nominee

December 05, 2016

UW-Madison’s Clifton Conrad recently spoke with The Capital Times newspaper about President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of education.

In the report, Conrad says that Betsy DeVos’ track record of advocacy for charter schools for elementary and high school students may indicate that she will push to privatize public higher education, too.

Clifton Conrad
“I have an underlying fear that her uncompromising commitment to deregulating charter schools in Michigan signals that she will advance the privatization of higher education — with increased funding for for-profit institutions, sabotaging our public colleges and universities and in, in turn, their longstanding contributions to the public good,” Conrad said last week in an email message with reporter Pat Schneider.

Conrad is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and a faculty member in the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He also is the faculty director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE).

The Capital Times explains: “DeVos, who led the Michigan Republican Party from 1996-2000, is a leader in the national school-choice movement. She has supported political candidates who favor charter schools and voucher programs for low-income K-12 students as chair of the American Federation for Children, the political arm of the Alliance for School Choice, a nonprofit advocacy organization. Trump supported a major expansion of school choice programs during the presidential campaign.”

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