Booker, Menendez will vote against DeVos
Members encouraged to call other senators
Published on Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Following weeks of calls and emails from NJEA members and other public education advocates, New Jersey’s Senators are united in their opposition to Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education.
On Tuesday, New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez announced he intends to vote NO on the confirmation of Betsey DeVos as Secretary of Education. Senator Cory Booker pledged to vote NO on the DeVos confirmation last week.
Menendez and Booker agree: Betsy DeVos—President Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education— is not fit to be Secretary of Education.
DeVos has no experience with public education. She’s never worked as an educator or in a public school in any capacity. She didn’t attend public schools, and did not send her children to public schools.
Instead, she has spent her career working to undermine public education. DeVos has lobbied for and bankrolled failed schemes like vouchers, which take money away from public schools to fund private schools at taxpayers’ expense with little or no accountability.
As a result of public scrutiny, her confirmation vote was already delayed twice. Now it’s been rescheduled for January 31, so we need to keep the pressure on.
Here are a few ways to do that:
1. Tell the members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions that we need an experienced, qualified secretary of education who actually wants to strengthen and improve all public schools. Contact those senators now and tell them to vote NO on Betsy DeVos. Click here for a list of members and links to their contact information.
2. On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, show your support for public education by wearing red. Encourage your colleagues to wear red, too. Show your solidarity with our union brothers and sisters across the country by posting pictures of you and your colleagues wearing red on social media sites using the hashtags #DumpDevos and #StandUpForPublicEd.