May 26, 2017
Tell DeVos vouchers hurt students
In testimony May 24 before House appropriators, education secretary Betsy DeVos struggled to defend her plan to take more than $1 billion from public schools and spend it instead on private school voucher schemes. At the same time, she refused to answer questions about enforcing federal anti-discrimination laws — specifically, withholding federal funds from private schools that discriminate against admitting students based on sexuality, race, or special needs. Watch this NEA-produced video of her testimony and then click the take action button and join the tens of thousands who have been telling Betsy DeVos that private school vouchers harm the 90 percent of students who attend public schools.
Tell Congress to reject Trump/DeVos budget
The official Trump/DeVos FY2018 education budget, released this week, “is a wrecking ball aimed at our nation’s public schools,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. In addition to cutting U.S. Department of Education funding by a whopping 13.6 percent, the Trump DeVos budget diverts over $1 billion from existing programs to private school vouchers and similar schemes, eliminates at least 22 programs entirely, and slashes funding for afterschool programs, class size reduction, professional development, Pell grants, career and technical education, and much more. Click on the take action button and tell Congress to reject the irresponsible Trump/DeVos education budget and instead support our public school students.
Cheers and Jeers
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), and Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) for introducing legislation raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour
Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Katherine Clark (D-MA) for tough questions holding education secretary Betsy DeVos accountable in defending the education budget that slashes public school investments and includes private school vouchers
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for joining educators, parents, and student advocates in protesting the GOP health bill passed by the House, under which Ohio schools could lose as much as $12 million in Medicaid funding for special needs students
The National Governors Association for its bipartisan letter urging the House and Senate appropriations committees to make education funding a top priority, especially the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), special education, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and state grants for career and technical education, and prekindergarten
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for proposing a reckless budget that slashes investments in children, educators, and public schools while boosting funding for private school vouchers