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NCTE’s Stance on DeVos Nomination

From NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) President Susan Houser:

On January 17, the US Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee conducted the nomination hearing for Elisabeth “Betsy” DeVos as the Secretary of Education. Based on DeVos’s performance, hundreds of national and local organizations have organized to support, voice concern, or oppose her nomination. The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) agreed to sign with 52 state and national organizations to express “deep concern” over DeVos’s nomination. 

The letter was sent on Monday, January 30, to members of the HELP Committee and to the press. A vote is tentatively scheduled in the HELP Committee on Tuesday, January 31, where she is expected to be voted on as the nominee along partisan lines. A vote by the full Senate could happen as early as this week.

[NCTE’s] core beliefs, [their] mission, and [their] multitude of position statements regarding what quality education in literacy should contain are in direct opposition to those views presented by the nominee.

The letter urges the HELP committee to review Ms. DeVos’s position on, and to have her affirm her commitment to:

  • Ensuring equitable educational opportunity to all students, regardless of background;
  • Supporting and strengthening the nation’s public schools and ensuring that a high-quality public school is a viable option for every child, in every community;
  • Ensuring that any entity receiving public dollars is held to the same accountability, transparency, and reporting requirements as public schools; and
  • Implementing federal education programs as intended by Congress.

To read the letter, and view the 53 organizations that support it, click here.

Public School Proud

I Love My Public School Week of Action (Feb. 13-16)


Act Now! Share Your Love for Public Schools

“I love public schools. Both of my sons graduated from public schools in the City of Wauwatosa. I graduated from a public school in the small town of Delavan. And my nieces are attending public schools today. I want strong public schools. In fact, I want great schools for every student in this state.”

-Governor Scott Walker, State of the State address, 2017

In the coming weeks, many of us will be gathering red construction paper, glitter and candy hearts as we create Valentine cards for those we care about. This year we encourage you to add one more Valentine for something we all care about, our public schools.  You can support our schools by participating in the I Love My Public School Week of Action (Feb. 13-16), which is being sponsored by the Wisconsin Public Education Network.   It is their stated goal to “create a blizzard of love for our schools.”

Some simple ideas include:

  • Make a post on social media explaining what you appreciate about public education,  using hashtag #ILoveMyPublicShool.
  • Send a valentine postcard (AFE strongly encourages postcards over letters since these are more efficiently distributed in government offices) with a positive message of support for public schools to our elected officials. Include your name and address.

In his most recent State of the State address, Governor Walker shared the positive experience that his family has had with public education.  As advocates for public education, it is imperative that we share our positive experiences as well.  Our elected officials need to hear that “a strong public education for all students “ should be a priority in their budgetary and legislative decision making.  So get out your glitter pens and postcards and let them know how you feel! #ILoveMyPublicSchool.

The Honorable Scott Walker (Inside Salutation: Governor Walker)

Governor of Wisconsin, 115 East Capitol, Madison WI 53702

The Honorable Alberta Darling (Inside Salutation: Senator Darling)

Wisconsin State Senate, Room 317 East, State Capitol, Madison WI 53707-7882

The Honorable Jim Ott (Inside Salutation: Mr. Ott)

Wisconsin State Legislature, P.O. Box 8953, Madison WI 53708

The Honorable Gwen Moore (Inside Salutation: Ms. Moore)

United States House of Representatives

316 N. Milwaukee St. Suite 406, Milwaukee WI 53202

2252 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Ron Johnson  (Inside Salutation: Senator Johnson)

United States Senate

517 E. Wisconsin Ave Suite 408, Milwaukee WI 53202

328 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

The Honorable Tammy Baldwin  (Inside Salutation: Senator Baldwin)

United States Senate

633 W. Wisconsin Ave. Suite 1920, Milwaukee WI 53203

717 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510


Send a message of support to our school board members:

1200 E. Fairmount Ave., Whitefish Bay, WI 53217