New York Education Advocates Denounce Betsy DeVos Confirmation
New York, NY (02/07/17)—In response to the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as the nation’s next Secretary of Education—which occurred only after Vice President Mike Pence had to break a 50-50 tie, including Republican opposition—New York education advocates Kesi Foster and Natasha Capers issued the following statement on behalf of the Urban Youth Collaborate and the New York City Coalition for Educational Justice:
“Today, 50 Senate Republicans and Vice President Pence have shown their disdain for our nation’s public education system. Ms. DeVos’s performance during the Senate hearing and her follow-up answers have demonstrated she is wholly unqualified to head the Department of Education. DeVos has spent the last two decades using her families fortune to dismantle public education in Michigan, weakening accountability and oversight, elevating for-profit charter schools, and undermining efforts to foster equity for low-income communities of color.
“Our public education system was just sold to the highest bidder, and low-income communities of color are at risk of losing the most. DeVos’ agenda to redirect public funding for school vouchers, virtual charter schools, for-profit charter schools, unaccredited private schools, and schools that regularly discriminate against children is a direct attack on one of our country’s last universally-acknowledged public goods, education. We will continue to reject DeVos’ attempts to weaken the rights of our children and parents, and we will fiercely defend our public education.”