February 07, 2017

AFGE Statement on Nomination on DeVos for Education Secretary

Categories: Washington, D.C., Education, Congress, AFGE National President, White House

National President J. David Cox Sr. calls DeVos 'the wrong choice'

WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement about the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of the Department of Education:

“The best agency leaders are those who are focused on creating an environment where employees have the tools and resources they need to advance the missions of their agencies. Unfortunately, it’s clear that Betsy DeVos, the nominee for Secretary of the Department of Education, does not value, nor is she motivated to carry out the agency’s mission. DeVos has been an outspoken opponent of our public-school system. Rather than work to improve the education system that our democracy needs to create active, engaged and competitive citizens, DeVos has spent her career doing the exact opposite. We stand in solidarity with the American Federation of Teachers who rightly pointed out that DeVos has ‘no meaningful experience in the classroom or in our schools.’

“The government’s work is complex and touches nearly every American every day. We need leaders who understand the mission of the agency they lead and appreciate the role that government employees play in carrying out that work. President Trump ran on a platform of ‘draining the swamp,’ but it’s clear that DeVos – who proudly has said she expects a return on her ‘investment’ of donations to Republicans — is the wrong choice and could negatively impact a generation of students. We encourage members of the U.S. Senate to vote against the confirmation of Betsy DeVos.”

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