Last week, Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski announced that they would vote against Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos.
So now we need just one more Republican vote against DeVos to defeat her. That vote is crucial.If the heat is turned up to an extreme, one of those Republican senators could rethink. A senator must feel that the trouble he or she would get in with constituents for supporting DeVos would be greater than the trouble with Trump for voting against her.
Betsy DeVos doesn’t know enough about education to run our nation’s education system. She doesn’t believe in the power of public education, and she doesn’t know anything about disabled kids’ right to education.
Time is short before her confirmation hearing. You must phone, and phone now!
Dear Senator ________,
My name is xxxx and I am calling to let the Senator know that I would like him/her to oppose the appointment of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.
I believe in my community’s public schools. Betsy DeVos believes in school privatization and vouchers. She has worked to undermine efforts to regulate Michigan charters, even when they fail. Her hostility towards public schools alone disqualifies her. Supporting DeVos would be a betrayal of disabled children in our state, and of the education system as a whole.