Betsy Devos

Betsy DeVos: Biggest Bully Around

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Your DGB for today is to contact the Department of Education and tell them to stop bullying transgender students.

In our daily dump of terrible news from the Trump administration, we learned today that the Department of Education is no longer going to investigate complaints against schools who refuse to allow transgender students to use the restroom of their choice.

We want you to contact Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education and tell them it is their job to prevent bullying in school, not to be the bullies. You can call or email them and find their contact information here: https://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/gen/index.html. We are also big fans of public shaming, so spread the word on social media and let them know we won’t stand for this on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Keep Public Funding Out of Private and Religious Schools

Your DGB for today is contact your  Senator and Delegate  asking that they not support expanding additional funds to private and religious schools.   Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ proposed  House Bill 610 , which supports a voucher system that children ages 5-17 can use at any school, public or private. Here are some other things that this bill proposes to repeal:   Elementary and Education Act of 1965 : the nation's educational law that provides equal opportunity in education and covers everything from gifted and talented students to rural education and education for the homeless.    Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act : passed by President Obama, which requires schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat free milk in school meals. It also reduces the levels of sodium, saturated fat, and trans fat in school meals and meets children's nutritional needs within their caloric requirements.   In addition, the bill fails to mention the  Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)  and  Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)  . These laws secure services to children with disabilities throughout the nation and help ensure they will receive equitable instruction.  Please contact your representative and ask them to vote NO on House Bill 610 (HR 610). Our children’s future is counting on you.  

Your DGB for today is contact your Senator and Delegate asking that they not support expanding additional funds to private and religious schools. 

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ proposed House Bill 610, which supports a voucher system that children ages 5-17 can use at any school, public or private. Here are some other things that this bill proposes to repeal:

Elementary and Education Act of 1965: the nation's educational law that provides equal opportunity in education and covers everything from gifted and talented students to rural education and education for the homeless. 

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act: passed by President Obama, which requires schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat free milk in school meals. It also reduces the levels of sodium, saturated fat, and trans fat in school meals and meets children's nutritional needs within their caloric requirements. 

In addition, the bill fails to mention the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) . These laws secure services to children with disabilities throughout the nation and help ensure they will receive equitable instruction.

Please contact your representative and ask them to vote NO on House Bill 610 (HR 610). Our children’s future is counting on you.
 

Call to Action - Betsy Devos

 

Your DGB for today is to tell your senator to vote NO for Betsy DeVos’ appointment to Secretary of Education. DeVos is totally unqualified for this position with no background in education, has never even attended a public school or sent her children to one. She is also a strong supporter and advocate for a voucher system which funnels federal and state dollars away from public education, weakening the quality of education in both public and private systems. You can participate in today’s action in one of two ways:

Send a letter with this site:

Network for Public Education - Tell Your Senator to Vote No for Betsy Devos

 

Or sign this petition:

Move On Petition - Defend Public Education

 

This article describes two likely scenarios that would ensue if DeVos is confirmed by Congress. It also contains details from the  ACLU MI chapter regarding Betsy DeVos’ foundation’s efforts in that state:

Washington Post - What’s the Worst That Could Happen with Betsy Devos as Education Secretary: Two Scenarios