May 30

Trump-DeVos cuts will ‘really hurt our public schools,’ Monona Grove teacher says

The cuts proposed by President Donald Trump and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos “are going to really hurt our public schools,” Monona Grove teacher Kelly Sullivan says.

Sullivan, interviewed by Workers Independent News, says the school privatization movement embodied by Trump and DeVos is taking badly need resources away from public education.

“There are a lot of people who are getting into this education privatization movement that are very dangerous because they are all about making profit off of students instead of  being about the value of learning and the value of helping kids learn,” Sullivan says.

“It’s really important to understand  that we do have some challenges in education, but cutting the resources and funding  isn’t helping us fix those challenges.”

Listen to Kelly Sullivan’s comments:


The Trump-DeVos budget slashes public education funding by almost 14 percent and eliminates 22 programs, including teacher training and after-school programs. Public school educators throughout Wisconsin – and the country – are expressing similar concerns.

“For Trump and DeVos, education means only one thing: vouchers, which do nothing to provide students with the support, resources and time to learn they need,” said WEAC President Ron Martin, an eighth grade teacher.

La Crosse teacher John Havlicek said increased funding for vouchers is especially concerning. “That’s throwing bad money after bad, after bad, after bad. We’re going to take a program that doesn’t work and continue to expand it and keep saying it’s going to work.”

“You have to quit stealing from public schools to find private education,” Havlicek said.

Listen to John Havlicek’s comments: