The president-elect’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education has no experience in public education. From all appearances, she seeks to use her philanthropy to destroy public schools. The Senate “HELP” (Health, Education, Labor & Pensions) Committee on examines her (lack of) qualification on January 11. Tens of thousands of citizens, including educators of many backgrounds, have already contacted the Senate to ask that they #DumpDeVos.
Jitu Brown, National Director, Journey for Justice Alliance (J4J), argues that the next steps include local organizing, “building meaningful alliances in our communities,” and an “analysis of the failure of the progressive movement on education.” In particular, J4J plans a strong presence at next week’s HELP hearing and encourages activists to learn about and emulate grassroots organizer Ella Baker (1903-1986).
Julian Vasquez Heilig, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at California State Sacramento and a board member from the Network for Public Education, suggests making sure that leaders know — and cannot later deny knowing — what a DeVos education administration will do to our public schools and communities. (See prior conversations about Devos here on Cloaking Inequity)
To both ends, Denisha Jones, professor of education and national leader with BATs, UOO and SOS, encourages involvement in upcoming campaigns to increase awareness about DeVos’ background.
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Reblogged from: DeVos and Public Education on January BUS Ride
See also ‘School Choice’ Education Secretary Not What Latino Students Need and Network for Public Education DeVos/Trump toolkit and KEVT 1210 AM John C. Scott Show: Will Trump blow up public education? and Five Questions You Should Ask about Secretary of Education Nominee Betsy Devos