It didn’t take educators long to weigh in on President Donald Trump’s inauguration claim that the nation’s education system is “flush with cash but ... leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge.”
Photos of archaic technology, decrepit buildings and teachers buying supplies with their own money shot onto social media with the #FlushWithCash hashtag.
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Educators also tweeted sarcastic tales about the opulent life of a teacher.
Trump has yet to release a detailed education agenda, but his campaign speeches and his selection of Betsy DeVos as education secretary signal an emphasis on charter schools and vouchers over traditional public education. Her confirmation hearing last week raised red flags with many public educators when she stumbled over some basic questions.
Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina posted on Facebook afterward that “her commitment to improving education and expanding opportunity for our students is unmatched. Betsy DeVos is the person we need for this job and I am proud to support her nomination.” That post drew 9,700 comments, most negative.
DeVos’ answer to a question about guns in school, in which she cited a Wyoming school’s possible need for a gun to protect against grizzly bears, created an instant internet meme. For at least one North Carolina tweeter, the two came together. “So. Bears and cash. We're #flushwithcash and bears. Right,” tweeted Alva Starr.