1.16.17: Stand up for public education
Oppose billionaire lobbyist Betsy DeVos, Trump's pick for Secretary of Education.
Secretary of Education nominee, lobbyist, and Republican megadonor Betsy DeVos, who begins Senate confirmation hearings tomorrow, is a dangerously unqualified pick for a position that will affect every school-age child in the country, their families, and every American taxpayer. As her lobbying record in Michigan demonstrates, DeVos—who holds no relevant education experience or credential—is no champion of public schools, instead using her financial contributions and lobbying efforts to back an unregulated, free-market based, "school-choice" ideology which has resulted in a disastrously dysfunctional school system. Today's call to action: make a stand for public education by opposing the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.
Learn: Betsy DeVos's anti-public school lobbying history, donor record, and religion-based education ideology
- Betsy DeVos and the twilight of public education (Detroit Free Press)
- Betsy DeVos and God’s Plan for Schools (New York Times)
- What you should know about Betsy DeVos, Trump’s education secretary pick (Chalkbeat)
- Betsy Devos And The Plan To Break Public Schools (The New Yorker)
- What’s the worst that could happen with Betsy DeVos as education secretary? (Washington Post)
Act: tell the Senate to reject Betsy DeVos's nomination
Call your senators today to tell them to reject DeVos as Secretary of Education. The Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pension is the first body to vote (see members listed below the sample script); if they approve DeVos, then the nomination will be put before the entire Senate.
Below is a sample script you can use when you contact your Senator. There are many reasons to oppose the DeVos nomination, so feel free to adjust this script depending on your personal priorities and concerns. You can also use this fact sheet to push Senators on the HELP Committee to ask specific questions during DeVos's hearings.
“Hello, my name is [your name] and I am one of [Senator's] constituents. I’m calling today to ask the Senator to reject the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. DeVos is hostile to public education; she holds no relevant experience for this critical position; and her efforts in Michigan have resulted in decimated public schools. DeVos has no business making crucial decisions about the education of American schoolchildren. Please tell the Senator that confirming DeVos will be disastrous for American students and their families.”
Members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pension
AK: Lisa Murkowski (R) - (202) 224-6665
CO: Michael Bennet (D) - (202) 224-5852
GA: Johnny Isakson (R) - (202) 224-3643
IN: Todd Young - (202) 224-5623
KS: Pat Roberts (R) - (202) 224-4774
KY: Rand Paul (R) - (202) 224-4343
LA: Bill Cassidy (R) - (202) 224-5824
MA: Elizabeth Warren (D) - (202) 224-4543
ME: Susan Collins (R) - (202) 224-2523
MN: Al Franken (D) - (202) 224-5641
NC: Richard Burr (R) - (202) 224-3154
NH: Maggie Hassan (D) - (202) 224-3324
PA: Bob Casey (D) - (202) 224-6324
RI: Sheldon Whitehouse (D) - (202) 224-2921
SC: Tim Scott (R) - (202) 224-6121
TN: Lamar Alexander (R) - (202) 224-4944
UT: Orrin Hatch (R) - (202) 224-5251
VT: Bernie Sanders (I) - (202) 224-5141)
VA: Tim Kaine (D) - (202) 224-4024
WA: Patty Murray (D) - (202) 224-2621
WI: Tammy Baldwin (D) - (202) 224-5653
WY: Michael Enzi (R) - (202) 224-3424
Share: tell your friends to call today!
- Share our blog and Facebook post on social media to encourage your friends to call
- Know people who should sign up for Project 1461? Tag them in the comments of our Facebook post and ask them to join us!
- Pick an article from our "Learn" section and post it online to inform others about how dangerous DeVos is to public education