Betsy DeVos Has A Long History
President-elect Donald Trump is nominating billionaire Betsy DeVos to be the US Secretary of Education.
While DeVos may not be a household name to many, we are quite familiar with her and her family’s history on education in Michigan. For decades, the ACLU and other civil rights organizations have diligently opposed the DeVos family’s attempts to create a voucher system that would divert public money to private and religious schools and erode the bedrock value of separation church and state; to expand unaccountable charter schools despite their failure to improve education outcomes; and to undermine teachers’ unions.
We are deeply concerned that Betsy DeVos has taken positions that betray public education in the name for-profit charters and that exacerbate the funding shortages already facing our schools.
The Secretary of Education is responsible for developing and overseeing most federal assistance to education, and with enforcing educational laws regarding privacy and civil rights. In the past, the Secretary has exercised discretionary control over aspects of civil rights policy, such as the outgoing Secretary’s guidance that students be allowed to access the school restroom that best reflects their gender identity.
The Secretary has influence over the development of education and civil rights policy and sits at the center of debates over the separation of church and state and affirmative action.
Because of this, a confirmation process must examine DeVos’ record of support for school vouchers, her disregard for the Constitutional separation of church and state and her efforts to back the unchecked spread of for-profit charters schools lacking public accountability.
Add your name to the demand that Betsy DeVos’ confirmation process include a comprehensive review of the policies and organizations she’s supported as well as a history of her statements about public education.
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