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Betsy DeVos - President Donald Trump's pick for secretary of education - has no experience with public schools. She's never worked as an educator or in a public school in any capacity. She didn't attend public schools, and did not send her children to public schools.
Instead, she has spent her career working to undermine public education. DeVos has lobbied and bankrolled failed schemes like vouchers, which take money away from public schools to fund private schools at taxpayers' expense and with little to no accountability. By nominating Betsy DeVos, the incoming Trump administration is demonstrating it does not share our vision of public education and what works best for students, parents, and communities.
The Committee’s vote on her nomination has now been delayed until January 31. Contact your senators now and urge them to oppose the DeVos nomination.
The National Education Association believes that every child deserves a quality public education. Their opportunity to succeed should never depend on winning a charter school lottery or getting accepted by a private school. We support smart strategies that we know help to improve the success of all our students, including creating more opportunities and equity for students, classes small enough for one-on-one attention, modern textbooks and a well-rounded curriculum for every student.
Tell your senators that we need an experienced, qualified secretary of education who actually wants to strengthen and improve all public schools. Contact your senators now, and tell them to vote NO on Betsy DeVos.