Yesterday with Secretary Betsy DeVos

Senator Patty Murray
2017-06-07 18:59:00
Friend, Yesterday, Betsy DeVos was in the Senate in front of the education committee that I lead, and she was there to defend her education budget -- a budget that would cut $9.2 billion from public schools across the country. I was very clear during Secretary DeVos' confirmation process that I had serious concerns with her extreme ideological commitment to privatizing public schools, her extensive financial conflicts of interest, and her lack of understanding of the role of the federal government in protecting the civil rights of students across the country. And I certainly wasn’t alone. Millions of parents and teachers across the country stood up, rallied, sent letters, called their Senators—so much that the Senate switchboard was overwhelmed—and made it very clear they opposed your vision for our students and schools, and strongly supported public education in America. I was hoping Secretary DeVos would enter her role with an understanding that her extreme anti-public school agenda and her opposition to the federal government playing a role in helping students just didn’t have the support of Congress or people across the country. And I was hoping that instead of trying to jam it through anyway, she would work with us, join us at the table, share information, and be a true partner in implementing our nation’s education laws, investing in our students, teachers, and schools, and helping our students succeed. I spent most of my time in the hearing asking Secretary DeVos about her budget proposals, because they truly highlight the ways that the policies and priorities she and President Trump are pushing would hurt students, hurt communities, and represent a clear broken promise to workers and the middle class.
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Friend,

Yesterday, Betsy DeVos was in the Senate in front of the education committee that I lead, and she was there to defend her education budget -- a budget that would cut $9.2 billion from investments in students and schools across the country.

I was very clear during Secretary DeVos' confirmation process that I had serious concerns with her extreme ideological commitment to privatizing public schools, her extensive financial conflicts of interest, and her lack of understanding of the role of the federal government in protecting the civil rights of students across the country.

And I certainly wasn’t alone.

Millions of parents and teachers across the country stood up, rallied, sent letters, called their Senators—so much that the Senate switchboard was overwhelmed—and made it very clear they opposed her vision for our students and schools, and strongly supported public education in America.

I was hoping Secretary DeVos would enter her role with an understanding that her extreme anti-public school agenda and her opposition to the federal government playing a role in helping students just didn’t have the support of Congress or people across the country. And I was hoping that instead of trying to jam it through anyway, she would work with us, join us at the table, share information, and be a true partner in implementing our nation’s education laws, investing in our students, teachers, and schools, and helping our students succeed.

I spent most of my time in the hearing asking Secretary DeVos about her budget proposals, because they truly highlight the ways that the policies and priorities she and President Trump are pushing would hurt students, hurt communities, and represent a clear broken promise to workers and the middle class.

And even though I asked many of the questions I wanted to ask, I just scratched the surface of the way this budget would be devastating for students and how it would take away opportunities for families, communities, workers, and the middle class.

I hope that after hearing from so many parents across the country—and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle—Secretary DeVos and President Trump will reconsider their approach and come back to us with a budget that actually works for students and that reflects our values and priorities as a country.

I'll let you know if they do, 

Senator Patty Murray

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