That's not what's happening here.
See my post above. You think they are bribing senators like Rubio with money for milk and cookies?
No. In the USA, education is becoming increasingly a for-profit big business. Huge business actually. Billions of dollars of profit to be made. By gutting the public school system and forcing people to have to pay for even elementary to high school, there are lobbyist groups that are backing DeVos that stand to make billions of dollars.
Just like the US college system, in which to get a decent degree, most kids end up going into monstrous debt that are paying off until their 30s in many cases, and that debt carries interest charges which equate to huge profit for someone.
The US spends a total of at least around $11700 on average for each student! That's enough to fund a year in university but the kicker here is we're doing it for 12 years instead of 4 ... (If anything I think we need to cut school funding and focus on the academic essentials. That means gutting gyms, the humanities, the arts, maybe some other extracurriculars, social sciences, and remedial level classes.)
The problem isn't funding, the problem is that the US has bad curriculum and low quality students. Emulating the model that east asians use is the best bet since it's their style is the most cost efficient and it produces results.
There's lot's of affordable colleges in the US, kids need to stop fantasizing about getting into the Ivy Leagues or similar and you wouldn't have to worry so much about debt if you picked the right field of study LOL ...
The thing is none of this is about the education system, really.
Like what the hell is a person like DeVos even interested in a relatievly benign post like secretary of education so much so that she's willing to bribe senators to vote for her?
This is about money, plain and simple. There are people who see a big market in charging money for elementary to high school, why not, colleges make a fortune.
Imagine how much money could be made for a select few if you gut public education so badly that "avearge Americans" feel like they have to pay for charter/private schools. Big, big, big money.
And for the parents that can't afford private/charter schools -- too fucking bad for you. Why suck people dry for education just when they're 18 when you can start to bleed them dry right from 1st grade. It's smart business actually. Completely unethical and morally gross of course, but smart business and typical dirty politics.