The U.S. Senate approved Betsy DeVos, the embattled pick to lead the U.S. Department of Education. Educators across the nation spearheaded the opposition initially but the chorus against her nomination quickly mushroomed and took on a life of its own immediately following her confirmation hearing.
“Mrs. DeVos’ clearly lacks even a basic understanding of federal education policy, laws, and instructional practices. She has no relevant experience. There is just no way I would ever be certified to instruct students in New Hampshire if I lacked as much knowledge and experience in my field. But she gets to be the nation’s chief educator. How is this good for kids?” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-New Hampshire Vice-president.
NEA’s historic campaign rallied parents, students, educators, civil rights groups, and other public education advocates-both Republicans and Democrats-to email more than 1.1 million letters and make more than 80,000 phone calls to senators in Washington and flooded their offices back home.
Americans across the nation drove a bipartisan repudiation of the Trump-DeVos agenda for students and public education. No other Trump nominee garnered the level of unprecedented public opposition as Betsy DeVos.
No other time in our nation’s history has a Vice President of the United States stepped in to cast the deciding vote on a nomination.
Today’s outcome marks only the beginning of the resistance. We have hundreds of thousands of new activists ready to step up. Students, educators, parents, civil rights, and special education advocates-along with millions of Americans-are speaking loud and clear: we are here to stay…we will protect public education.