(This post came from the AAUW–American Association of University Women)
Urge your senators today: OPPOSE Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education
The U.S. Senate has held its hearing for Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education. AAUW weighed in with concerns over DeVos’ lack of background as an educator and urged senators to ask questions regarding her positions during her hearing in order to better understand what type of Secretary of Education she would be.
We heard her answers loud and clear. If confirmed, Betsy DeVos would put the education of women and girls at risk. Send a message to your senators today – oppose Betsy DeVos’ nomination for Secretary of Education!
Our concerns noted that DeVos has been conspicuously silent on the importance of Title IX and other civil rights laws. In addition, she has been an outspoken advocate against public education. Her hearing clarified that those are indeed her positions, that they are not in line with AAUW’s policy priorities, that they would put the equal education of women and girls at risk.
During her hearing, DeVos:
1.Did not agree to uphold and enforce the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IX guidance.
2.Did not agree that all schools receiving federal funds should follow civil rights laws.
3.Did not commit to supporting public education and to not privatize education.
4.Failed to answer basic questions about her responsibilities as Secretary regarding school accountability. She also did not demonstrate an understanding of the Secretary’s role to ensure schools support students with disabilities.
Make your voice heard before the Senate holds a vote on DeVos’ confirmation. Tell your senators to stand up for public education and civil rights by opposing Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education!
Sen. Mark Warner
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Sen. Tim Kaine