Tomorrow, the Senate will vote on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, the nominee for Secretary of Education. DeVos is widely recognized as the least qualified nominee for this position in modern history. Below, nine public school teachers describe why we MUST do everything we can to encourage our Senators to vote no tomorrow.
“My school is a public school in Northern California; while part of a comprehensive school district, we are not what most people think of when they picture “school.” We serve students in grades K-12 in an Independent Study format—students come to us seeking something the traditional sites did not, or could not, provide for them. Recently, many are seeking sanctuary from bullying. One of the reasons I do what I do is that I firmly believe every child needs access to the education that will work best for them. Betsy DeVos does not. DeVos is a hazard to our educational system and to see her installed as the Secretary of Education would be disastrous, as she has clearly demonstrated that she has no understanding of the ongoing mission of education, nor of what teachers do on a daily basis. Her vision of education would gut the public school system which serves 90% of American youth by shifting taxpayer funds to private institutions. Her lack of understanding and appreciation of the federal law protecting the legal rights of students with disabilities is, in my opinion, criminally negligent.
Call your senator TODAY. Find their number here: https://www.callmycongress.com/
Use this script:
"Hello, my name is ((name)) I'm a constituent from ((town/city)). I am calling to urge the Senator to vote against Betsy DeVos' nomination to serve as Secretary of Education because her nomination is not in the best interests of the young people of America."
You can also tweet! Sample tweets:
@SenateMajLdr #dumpdevos she is not the right person to trust with our children's education #psn
@SenAlexander our children deserve better than Betsy Devos #dumpdevos #psn
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