Confirmation hearings begin today for Betsy DeVos, President-Elect Trump’s choice for U.S. Education Secretary.
PHILADELPHIA–“Anyone who works, has children in, or attends a public school should be alarmed by Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of Education.
“In DeVos, Trump has selected a billionaire activist who has spent millions to promote the expansion of private school voucher programs and charter schools. She has absolutely no experience in public education, even going so far as to call our nation’s public schools a ‘dead end.’
In Michigan, she spent almost $2 million to prevent the passage of a charter school transparency/accountability law in Michigan. The reforms she has supported (and funded) have wreaked havoc on Detroit’s public schools. Trump has already proposed eliminating Title I funds and using the money to fund voucher programs, which would cripple Districts that serve low-income students students. DeVos’ anti-public school agenda would be a disaster for Philadelphia’s schoolchildren, who have already endured too many funding cuts.
“The moment Betsy DeVos was announced as the nominee, the PFT launched an effort to get Philly’s educators to call their U.S. Senators, and tell them to reject this nomination. We encourage anyone who cares about giving every child a quality public education to do the same.”
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