NEA President Lily Eskelsen García joined U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin) and other public education supporters Tuesday to announce the launch of a Congressional Public Education Caucus to support the goals of public education under Donald Trump’s presidency and to oppose the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary.
“Making large political contributions to Donald Trump and countless other politicians and organizations aimed at dismantling public education does not count as a qualification for the position of the head of the Department of Education,” Pocan said.
“Betsy DeVos is a danger to students, especially our most vulnerable students,” Eskelsen García said.
According to HuffingtonPost.com, Rep. Mark Takano (D-California), 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.”
“She will insert a profit motive into children’s education that will cripple our public schools and punish the millions of students who attend them every day,” Takano said. “Betsy DeVos will create a race to the bottom line.”
Pocan and Takano were joined on by several House Democrats along with Eskelsen García, American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten and Council of Great City Schools legislative services director Jeff Simering.