Day 4: NO on Trump’s Choice for Education Secretary

Betsy DeVos knows nothing about public education . . . except she doesn’t like it.

DAY 4 ACTION: Tell your Senators to vote NO on Trump’s choice for Education Secretary.

This went viral after Betsy DeVos, Trump’s billionaire nominee for Secretary of Education, said in her nomination hearing that schools might need guns … for instance, to protect against grizzlies.


Public education is a cornerstone of our democracy. Our founding fathers talked extensively about the importance of public schools. In 1854, John Adams wrote, The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves.

We’ve had a federal Department of Education since 1867, to help local school systems teach more effectively. Congress made this a Cabinet-level Department in 1980. Many school decisions occur at the state and local level, but the Department’s mission is an important one: to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education never taught in a public school. DeVos never attended public schools. But DeVos has used a considerable part of her fortune ($5.1 billion net worth) to undermine this institution. The “school choice” policies DeVos championed in Michigan failed. Why should we allow DeVos to lead public education for our nation?

If you have 11 minutes, here are two takes on Betsy DeVos hearings: Trevor Noah (may not be available in all areas) and the Washington Post.

Today’s action: Tell your Senators to vote NO on Betsy DeVos. The call takes under a minute. It’s easy! Do it now! Call the Senate switchboard, (202) 224-3121, and ask for a Senator by name. [Here’s a List, by State.]

All Senators are important to call. But the first hurdle for DeVos is the Senate HELP Committee. Senators on the Committee REALLY need to hear from you (and your friends!): Sen. Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Murray (D-WA), Sen. Baldwin (D-WI), Sen. Bennet (D-CO), Sen. Burr (R-NC), Sen. Casey (D-PA), Sen. Cassidy (R-LA), Sen. Collins (R-ME), Sen. Enzi (R-WY), Sen. Franken (D-MN), Sen. Hatch (R-UT), Sen. Hassan (D-NH), Sen. Isakson (R-GA), Sen. Kaine (D-VA), Sen. Murkowski (R-AK), Sen. Murphy (D-CT), Sen. Paul (R-KY), Sen. Roberts (R-KS), Sen. Sanders (D-VT), Sen. Scott (R-SC), Sen. Warren (D-MA), Sen. Whitehouse (D-RI), and Sen. Young (R-IN).

 

Day 4 is January 23, 2017.



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