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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on DeVos Nomination


AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement regarding the upcoming Senate confirmation vote on Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education:

“A commitment to the goals and values of public education ought to be the bare minimum requirement for a United States Secretary of Education. But Betsy DeVos has spent decades of her life, and hundreds of millions of dollars of her private fortune, trying to undermine rather than strengthen the nation’s public schools.

“She has no relevant experience with or exposure to public education — not as a teacher or administrator, not as a school board member, not as a parent, not even as a student herself. If Betsy DeVos gets her way, we’d further starve public schools by diverting more resources to taxpayer-funded vouchers and for-profit charters, which don’t provide the quality of education, the accountability measures or the civil rights protections that students and families need. 

“Our children, who depend on public schools to give them opportunity and hope for a brighter future, deserve much better. I urge the Senate to reject this nomination.”

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