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Longtime DeVos operative and former Michigan Representative, now works for Betsy DeVos in the Department of Education

January 14, 2019

Last Tuesday, the US Department of Education announced that Daniela Garcia will be the Director of Outreach in the Office of Communications and Outreach. 

Garcia was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2014 and served for four years in the 90th District, which includes Holland, Hudsonville and Zeeland. Last year, Garcia campaigned for the 30th District Senate seat in Michigan, but lost to fellow Republican Roger Victory.

Daniela Garcia during her years in the State House was financially backed by the DeVos family, receiving thousands of dollars to represent part of West Michigan. DeVos money was contributed from several members of the family to Garcia, plus Garcia received money through the Great Lakes Education Project, founded by Betsy DeVos.

Garcia was a member of the Education Reform, Health Policy, and Elections and Ethics committees. It was her role on the Education Reform Committee where she pushed for policy that was crafted by the DeVos Family, the Great Lakes Education Project and the West Michigan Policy Forum.

Garcia had received the endorsement of the Great Lakes Education Project in 2014, 2016 and 2018 to represent West Michigan. As a member of the Education Reform Committee she was instrumental in the push to remake the Detroit Public Schools along lines pleasing to the charter school industry and she the primary sponsor of two bills in the Michigan House package in 2016, which postponed the Detroit Public School’s return to local governance and all but obliterated the collective-bargaining rights of Detroit teachers.

Garcia was a huge proponent of Charter Schools in Michigan, voted for an end to pensions for teachers in the public school system (pushed heavily by the West Michigan Policy Forum) and she also voted for the A to F Grades, Rankings, and Designations for Public School bill, which was pass last month during the Lame Duck session. 

The fact that Betsy DeVos chose Daniela Garcia to come work at the Department of Education, makes complete sense. Garcia has not only demonstrated a loyalty to the DeVos family, she has demonstrated a loyalty to one of the DeVos family’s main policy objectives, Education Reform.

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