Tag Archive: DeVos

Jul 24

WEAC and AFT-Wisconsin presidents join Democrats in blasting Walker’s latest TV ad and DeVos’ visit to state

WEAC President Ron Martin joined the Democratic Party of Wisconsin Tuesday in a media call in response to visits from U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to the state. “I’m an eighth grade social studies teacher who has a long career dedicated to students,” Martin said. “It’s unbelievable that Betsy DeVos, who has dedicated her life to dismantling public schools, would show up in Wisconsin for a photo op. In Wisconsin, we believe all children have a right to a top-notch public education. Betsy DeVos doesn’t share that vision with us. Secretary DeVos, President Trump, Scott Walker – they’re all politicians who talk the talk but don’t walk the walk. Photo stunts and millions of dollars of slick ads won’t change that fact.” 

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. “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.

May 24

NEA’s Eskelsen García says DeVos is ‘throwing students under the bus’

In testimony before Congress Wednesday, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos refused to say she would deny federal funding of private schools that discriminate against students. That, and other responses from DeVos to questioning by members of a House appropriations committee during a review of the Trump administration’s education budget proposal, prompted NEA President Lily Eskelsen García to tweet that DeVos was “throwing students under the bus.” Eskelsen García tweeted that DeVos is still unqualified and still using alternative facts. “We should invest in what makes schools great, the things that build curiosity and instill a love of learning,” she tweeted.

May 18

Trump’s plan to slash federal education funding is ‘reckless and wrong for students,’ NEA says

Responding to reports that the Trump administration plans to cut $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García called President Trump’s priorities “reckless and wrong for students and working families.” According to the Washington Post, the cuts would come from eliminating at least 22 programs, including “$1.2 billion for after-school programs that serve 1.6 million children, most of whom are poor, and $2.1 billion for teacher training and class-size reduction.”

Feb 07

Public outcry denies Betsy DeVos mandate despite Senate approval of her nomination

“We are going to watch what Betsy DeVos does. And we are going to hold her accountable for the actions and decisions she makes on behalf of the more than 50 million students in our nation’s public schools,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “America is speaking out. Betsy DeVos needs to listen. The hundreds of thunderous rallies, the flood of phone calls, and the deluge of millions of emails in opposition to the DeVos’ nomination deny the Trump administration a mandate to take over our public schools.”

Feb 02

Green Bay teacher angered over DeVos’ lack of understanding about special education

“It angered me that she could be in charge of a federal education office and not even understand a law that is there to protect some of our most vulnerable students,” said Green Bay special education teacher E-Ben Grisby, referring to DeVos’s inability to answer questions about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) during her Senate confirmation hearing. “How would she deal with equity and accessibility for students — or are those just non-issues to her?”

Jan 11

Eskelsen García helps U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan launch Public Education Caucus

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García joined U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan and other public education supporters Tuesday to announce the launch of a Congressional Public Education Caucus to support the goals of public education under Donald Trump’s presidency and to oppose the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. “Making large political contributions to Donald Trump and countless other politicians and organizations aimed at dismantling public education does not count as a qualification for the position of the head of the Department of Education,” Pocan said. “Betsy DeVos is a danger to students, especially our most vulnerable students,” Eskelsen García said.

Jan 09

Tell Senator Baldwin to vote NO on Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary

Betsy DeVos, President-Elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary, has no experience in public education and has a long history of supporting policies that harm public schools. It’s urgent that we are on the record calling for a secretary of education who actually supports public education. Click Here Now To Send a Message.

Dec 07

Open Letter: A Commitment to Student Success in Public Schools

With the recent nomination of Betsy DeVos as U.S. secretary of education, the nation is entering dangerous, uncharted territory. For the first time, our secretary of education could be someone whose sole “qualification” for the job is the two decades she has spent attempting to dismantle the American public school system. One way you can stand up for public education right now is by signing this open letter that states in part: “We expect our elected leaders and policymakers, regardless of political affiliation, to fundamentally believe in and value a strong and inclusive public education system that ensures every student can succeed, no matter their ZIP code.”