Mercedes Schneider has inexhaustible patience as a researcher. She tried to locate the “publications” that Betsy DeVos submitted to the Senate committee reviewing her qualifications. Some were letters to the editor. Some were press releases (did she write them?). Some were unavailable. Some were about her. It is not clear whether she or an aide wrote the opinion columns attributed to her.


A scholar she is not. A lobbyist is what she is, with a narrow and unlovely perspective on education.


Most of them reflect De Vos’ preference for any type of schooling except public schools. She doesn’t like them. There is no evidence that she ever sullied her shoes by stepping into one.