Our public schools are the place where we prepare the nation’s young people to contribute to our society, economy and citizenry. It’s a tall task. So we expect our elected leaders and policymakers, regardless of political affiliation, to fundamentally believe in and value a strong and inclusive public education system that ensures every student can succeed, no matter their ZIP code.
Unfortunately, with the recent nomination of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education, the nation is entering dangerous, uncharted territory.
For the first time ever, our Secretary of Education could be an anti-public education activist whose sole “qualification” for the job is the two decades she has spent attempting to dismantle, destabilize, and defund the American vision of public education.
That’s why our national affiliates, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, are calling on Betsy DeVos and political leaders at every level to commit to a public education system that welcomes students of all backgrounds, identities, origins, and abilities.
Will you help us issue this call?
Sign our open letter. Declare your commitment to a public education system that opens doors to all, and demand that our Secretary of Education and elected leaders make that commitment too.
By signing this letter, you’re sharing in the vision that student success should not depend on living in advantaged circumstances, getting accepted by a private school, or winning a charter school lottery.
Betsy DeVos has championed every kind of scheme to dismantle this vision. Not only do these divisive policies not work, they actively harm our most vulnerable students by ignoring and exacerbating glaring opportunity gaps.
Thank you for stepping up to protect public education, the bedrock of our democracy. And thanks for everything you do.