Despite the headline, MLive article doesn’t really tell us how the DeVos family influences education policy in Michigan

This is an independent media publication in Grand Rapids which dares to question the status quo. Here is my own piece offered on Medium: https://medium.com/@realTomUrich/artprize-turns-grand-rapids-into-a-giant-theme-park-7cf29f34baef#.o0tlqoxo9

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

On Saturday, MLive ran yet another questionable story on the political influence of the DeVos Family, entitled, How the DeVos family has helped shape education policy in Michigan. This story is on the heals of an article that MLive ran last Monday that also demonstrates lazy journalism on the leading Grand Rapids news source.screen-shot-2016-08-01-at-12-31-15-am

The article is centered around President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. However, the story frames the issue in such a way as to soften, even minimize, the level of influence that the DeVos Family has had on education policy in Michigan.

In the second paragraph, the MLive article states:

“In addition to DeVos’ leadership roles for several education policy organizations, she and her family have used their money and influence as a means to shape major education policy initiatives in Michigan.”

The article never mentions what leadership roles Betsy DeVos plays in…

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