On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the U.S. Senate will hold a confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, President-Elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education. DeVos and her wealthy, right-wing family are no strangers to Michigan educators and students, who have suffered for years under policies the DeVoses have pushed as mega-donors to the Republican Party.
That’s why MEA and AFT Michigan are asking all Michigan school employees to join together on Tuesday, Jan. 17th and Wear Red for Public Ed. Trump and DeVos can only succeed in undermining and privatizing public education if we let them. Wearing red on Tuesday along with your colleagues will show that we remain united by our common belief in great public schools for all of our students.
Also, in case you missed it:
- Before the holidays, MEA President Steven Cook did two newspaper columns regarding Betsy DeVos’ nomination – one in the Lansing State Journal and the other in the Detroit News. Please check them out and share them on social media with your friends during this week.
- If you haven’t already, please take a moment to contact Michigan’s U.S. Senators, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, regarding the Senate’s consideration of DeVos. While both have already said they will not support her nomination, they need to hear from you as constituents with stories from the front lines about how the DeVos family’s education policies have harmed students and schools. Your input can help them make the case in the Senate against Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as the next Secretary of Education.