LFA Groups Express Concerns on DeVos Nomination

By Joetta Sack-Min

A coalition of more than 30 national education groups, including six Learning First Alliance members, is urging the U.S. Senate to thoroughly investigate Betsy DeVos' nomination to become the next U.S. Secretary of Education. The groups circulated a letter to members of the Senate HELP Committee in advance of DeVos' confirmation hearing this evening. 

The letter was signed by AASA, The School Superintendents Association; the American Federation of Teachers; the National Association of Elementary School Principals; the National Association of Secondary School Principals; National PTA; and the National Education Association. It reads:

"Dear Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray, and Members of the U.S. Senate HELP Committee: While some of us have sent individual letters on this nomination, the undersigned education organizations—representing a range of perspectives and key stakeholders, including teachers, principals, parents, and civil rights advocates—write to express our strong concerns regarding the nomination of Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education. Over the course of her career as a major campaign contributor, soft money donor, and lobbyist, DeVos has used her considerable wealth to influence legislation and the outcomes of elections to advance policies that have undermined public education and proved harmful to many of our most vulnerable students. While what we know about DeVos’ record thus far is deeply troubling, there remain many critical issues affecting students and schools on which no record exists. As such, we urge all members of the U.S. Senate HELP Committee to make their concerns about her nomination and possible confirmation for U.S. Secretary of Education known."

The letter can be viewed on the National PTA's website.

 

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Sens. Patty Murray and Lamar Alexander