Both teachers unions, the AFT and the NEA are working to defeat the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education by Donald Trump. they have generated over 90,000 letters and emails. You can join in. Here is the pitch.
America is a country where all kids have the right to a quality public education that helps them reach their full potential. So you’d expect the next Secretary of Education – who shapes education policy and what happens in our nation’s schools – to be an experienced educator, or someone who has served as an administrator or on school boards, or at the very least sent their own children to public schools.
But Betsy DeVos – President-elect Trump’s nominee to serve as Secretary of Education – has zero experience serving in public schools and is not qualified for the job. In fact, her only experience with public education is the decades she’s spent trying to dismantle it.
Tell your senators: We need a secretary of education who wants to improve public schools, not undermine them. Vote NO on DeVos.
As a lobbyist and political donor, Betsy DeVos has a decades-long track record of working to undermine public education and privatize our public schools, harming students in the process.
She favors schemes like vouchers to divert taxpayer dollars from public schools to private schools.
DeVos has pushed for-profit charter schools which allow corporations to profit off of taxpayers, with no real accountability.
In Michigan, she fought for a tax cut to benefit wealthy families, even though it would result in enormous budget cuts for public schools.
We need a secretary of education who will support and strengthen public schools, fulfilling the promise of a great public school for every student, regardless of their ZIP code. Someone who wakes up every morning dedicated to students and public education.
Betsy DeVos has said she wants to “retire public schools.” Do you think she’s the right person to entrust with making sure every student has access to a quality public education?
Email your senators now. Tell them to vote NO on Betsy DeVos.
Senior Director, NEA Center for Advocacy