Send Donald Trump a message voicing your displeasure about his selection of Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education. We’ve written a sample message for you to get started, but you are encouraged to use your own words. Be firm but polite.
I am deeply concerned and disappointed in your selection of Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education. Her proposals to divert funding out of public schools and into private, charter or even religious schools would only serve to further weaken public schools and make it harder for them to serve the nation’s most vulnerable populations. I urge you to reconsider her selection.
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Why this matters:
Here’s a quote from Kary Moss, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, explained the anxiety many have about DeVos as education secretary:
We strongly urge Congress to scrutinize the record of Betsy DeVos, who has been a staunch proponent of school vouchers, a misguided idea that diverts taxpayer dollars into private and parochial schools and perverts the bedrock American value of separation of church and state. She and her husband served as the primary fundraisers and engine for a Michigan ballot initiative — Kids First! Yes! Coalition that voters soundly rejected in 2000.
She has ardently supported the unlimited, unregulated growth of charter schools in Michigan, elevating for-profit schools with no consideration of the severe harm done to traditional public schools. She’s done this despite overwhelming evidence that proves that charters do no better at educating children than traditional public schools and serve only to exacerbate funding problems for cash-strapped public districts. We believe that all children have a right to a quality public education, and we fear that Betsy DeVos’ relentless advocacy of charter schools and vouchers betrays these principles.