This afternoon the U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as our new Secretary of Education. Last night, over a dozen Senators spoke at a Washington, D.C. rally, thanking everyone for the unprecedented outpouring of concern over this confirmation—concern that swung two Republican votes and forced the Vice President to break a tie. Our voices were heard.
But now the real work begins. We know that every child in this country deserves an education that sets them up for a bright future. Black and Brown children, and low-income and working class students have suffered deeply when it comes to delivery on that promise.
We know that the best way to guarantee that education is to invest in well-resourced public schools that accept all our children and educate them well. Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos do not believe that. Their plan is to defund public schools and funnel public dollars to private schools and corporate management companies. If we let them, they will dismantle public education as we know it. This will hurt millions of children and their families.
Starting today, the resistance must dig in and expand.
We will not let this Administration continue to fail public schools—particularly in Black and Brown communities—by starving them of the resources they need to be successful.
We will not allow this Administration to divert public dollars to charters and private schools, defunding the public schools that majorities of children rely on.
We will not allow students to be attacked, bullied, or targeted in any way for the color of their skin or their country of origin. We will resist practices that push children out of schools and in to the criminal justice system.
We are united as students, educators, parents and communities. We will be ready to resist, when President Trump and Betsy DeVos try to take away our schools.
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