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.