People For the American Way

PFAW Statement on Trump’s Selection of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 23, 2016

Contact: Laura Epstein or Drew Courtney at People For the American Way

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 202-467-4999

In response to reports that President-elect Donald Trump has selected Betsy DeVos as his nominee to become secretary of education, People For the American Way Executive Vice President Marge Baker released the following statement:

“Betsy DeVos has a long record attacking public education. If confirmed, DeVos would use her position in government to expand and intensify her efforts to undermine public schools. This nomination is bad for our schools, bad for our students and bad for our country.

“We’ve seen time and again that schemes to privatize our public education system aren’t about improving educational outcomes: they’re about pushing right-wing ideology and feeding corporate profits. We have to stand up for our public schools and oppose those who seek to undermine them.”

Earlier this year, People For the American Way’s Right Wing Watch wrote about the DeVos family’s extensive funding of anti-public education work.

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.