Block the Appointment of Betsy DeVos

The Issue

Betsy DeVos is President Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education. She is unbelievably unqualified, and her conflicts of interest are a hot mess.

Why You Should Care

As Secretary of Education, DeVos will head up the U.S. Department of Education. She’ll be making major calls on primary education, student loans, and more. Her hearing (a gov version of a job interview) was a complete dumpster fire. She revealed she’s never attended or taught at a public school (probably because she’s a billionaire), and conflated proficiency and growth, which might not seem like a huge deal until you realize that this would literally be her job (you had one job Betsy!). She also has a shit ton of conflicts of interest. But wait! It gets worse — when asked about guns in schools, she suggested schools would need them to protect against grizzly bears. Not making this up.

What You Can Do About It

The Senate has to vote on January 31st to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. Contact your senators using the script below, and ask them to vote “no” on Betsy DeVos.

Email Script

Dear [official title] [official last name],

I was profoundly disappointed to learn that Betsy DeVos is being considered as Secretary of Education. Unlike the majority of her predecessors, she has never taught or worked at a public school or university. She also has zero experience with Federal Financial Aid programs, which help more than 11.6 million (57%) college students access education annually.

Through her hearings, she has demonstrated an alarming lack of expertise surrounding basic contemporary concepts within the field of education, such as the difference between proficiency vs. growth. Perhaps most notably, she has made no formal declarations to divest from her web of investments in educational companies like Social Finance, which reveals a blatant conflict of interest.

Her track record proves she is not qualified to lead the Department of Education. We need a leader who will serve our needs – not her own. Please vote against Betsy DeVos.

Don’t let us down.

Sincerely,

[your name]

 

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