Local charter schools hopeful after DeVos confirmation

Western Connecticut charter schools are hoping that with Betsy DeVos chosen as secretary of education, she will send more money their way.



The United States Senate confirmed the decision with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie.



The vote came after Senate Democrats held the floor all night in a 24-hour "talk-a-thon" meant to block DeVos's confirmation.



"Charter schools are to poor and working-class families what private schools are for wealthier families," says New Beginnings Family Academy CEO Ronelle Swagerty.



DeVos has promised more charter schools, but Bridgeport Education Association president Rob Traber thinks his struggling district will suffer.



"She will implement policies at the federal level that dictate that if the state wants federal money, they have to do 'x, y, and z' to get it, and 'x, y, and z' is not going to be good," he says.



Charter schools and public schools have both sued the state of Connecticut for more funding.


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