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Your Call: The future of public education under Betsy DeVos



We’ll have a conversation with education historian Diane Ravitch about the state of public education under the Trump Administration and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

The administration's plan is to cut $10.6 billion from existing programs and divert $1.4 billion to charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools. Ravitch calls it a boon for privatization and a disaster for public schools and low-income college students. Where is Betsy DeVos taking US education?


Diane Ravitch, historian of education at New York University, one of the most prominent and vocal defenders of public education, and author of Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools

Web Resources:

Diane Ravitch

The Washington Post: Ravitch: Why is PBS running this education documentary?

The New York Review of Books: The Demolition of American Education

The Washington Post: Why opening a charter school is like opening your own business



Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.