Betsy DeVos—President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of education—has no experience with public education. 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 for and bankrolled failed schemes like vouchers, which take money away from public schools to fund private schools at taxpayers’ expense with little or no accountability.
As a result of public scrutiny, her confirmation was already delayed once. Now it’s been rescheduled for next Tuesday, January 17, so we need to keep the pressure on.
Here are a few ways to do that:
1. Tell the members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions that we need an experienced, qualified secretary of education who actually wants to strengthen and improve all public schools. Contact those senators now and tell them to vote NO on Betsy DeVos. Click here for a list of members and links to their contact information.
2. Tell our own US Senators that we need an experienced, qualified secretary of education who believes in public schools. Contact them today and tell them to vote NO on Betsy DeVos when her nomination comes to the full senate. Click here to contact your Senators.
3. On Tuesday, show your support for public education by wearing red. Encourage your colleagues to wear red, too. Show your solidarity with our union brothers and sisters across the country by posting pictures of you and your colleagues wearing red on social media sites using the hashtags #DumpDevos and #StandUpForPublicEd. Together, we cannot be ignored!