Warren Joins Nation's Teachers in Denouncing Trump's "Horrifying" Education Pick

"That is why we strongly support Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of education". "I don't have confidence Betsy DeVos has the background or history or commitment to make sure every students' rights are enforced".

Warren said the next education secretary must continue to help students struggling with student debt and protect them from for-profit colleges offering worthless degrees and mountains of debt. Accepting that reality, she would like to reduce the federal role and move more responsibilities to state and local education agencies, which she believes will lead to more responsible spending. DeVos doesn't like it, and has even tried to replace public education in MI with charter schools, principally religious charter schools. The Common Sense Kids Action has encouraged senators to ask questions about education, technology, privacy, and early learning during the hearing, and the National Education Association, the Network for Public Education, and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, are opposing her confirmation. For example, oil executive Rex Tillerson, Trump's nominee for secretary of state, said in his letter he won't take a salary or bonuses from ExxonMobil and will sever all ties with the company.

Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), who spent over two decades as a public school teacher and is part of the caucus, said at the press conference that DeVos' lack of experience gives her an "incredibly narrow view of public education in America". DeVos personally supported my leadership and advocacy for school choice here in North Carolina, and I consider her a friend.

"DeVos is a billionaire who has never worked in a public school, never attended a public school, never sent her own children to public school", said Ravitch. Consider North Carolina's largest school district, Wake County, which moved recently to shift almost 20 lower-performing traditional public schools to become charter-like schools. Betsy DeVos has made it her life's mission, leveraging time and treasure, to stand up for children and families across our state and country.

"Our public schools are one of the cornerstones of our democracy", Ravitch declared.

Pocan and Mark Takano, Democrat of California, a former teacher, had been talking about creating a House Public Education Caucus for some time. "We should never have one".

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