Fun fact — the committee hearing on DeVos has been pushed back to January 31. Sen. Lamar Alexander said it was because they needed time to review her financial disclosures (which people say should actually take months). But, it’s probably because she did pretty crappy at the hearing and her finances still look sketchy. I know, we posted about this last week, BUT SHE IS SO BAD!!! So, we want to remind you of a few things.
First, let’s think about what Michael Moore urged at the Women’s March:
On Monday, call (202) 225-3121. Call your representative and your two senators, and, number one, we do not accept Betty DeVos as our secretary of education.
She’s a giant stinker. Those are official terms. Yes! We still need to call. Furthermore, she performed so poorly at her confirmation hearing that the LA Times Editorial board wrote:
Betsy DeVos’ love of private school vouchers didn’t disqualify her for the role of U.S. Education secretary, even though vouchers are a bad idea. Nor did her lack of experience in public schools.
What did render her unacceptable was her abysmal performance at her confirmation hearing Tuesday, during which she displayed an astonishing ignorance about basic education issues, an extraordinary lack of thoughtfulness about ongoing debates in the field and an unwillingness to respond to important questions.
Second, she has no clue about the federal regulations protecting children with disabilities, or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Obviously, we must enforce laws and serve children with disabilities to the best of our ability!
Finally, we have a fun little exercise in comparing and contrasting, presented for your amusement and edification (via my college friend, Joe!).
- Former Secretary of Education:
Dr. John King, Jr.
-BA in Government Harvard
-Masters Columbia (Professor of Social Studies)
-Doctor of Education degree in educational administrative practice from Columbia University Teachers College
-Founded a public charter school that attained the highest state exam scores of any urban middle school in Massachusetts (#1 state in education — and my home state!)
-Managing Director for Uncommon Schools, an urban, public charter school organization that operates some of the highest performing urban public schools in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.
-Board of New Leaders for New Schools from 2005 to 2009, and is a 2008 Aspen Institute-NewSchools Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Fellow.
-New York Commissioner of Education
- Nominated Secretary of Education:
-Bachelor’s degree Business Admin at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan
-No job history
-Tons of money
-Wants to use tax dollars to fund private, religious schools
- -Also wants to give lots of money to private (er, religious) schools
The choice is clear. There is no comparison.
Does DeVos care about education? Probably. Has she given a crap-load of money to educational causes? YES! Is that enough? No.
So use your #FiveMinutes. And Call. Here’s how I did it last week.