Board President Steve Zimmer Opposes Nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

The core ideals of public education hang in the balance as the Trump Administration moves forward with its nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education even after her abysmal performance in front of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee earlier this month.

Ms. DeVos’ track record of dismantling and defunding public schools, her serious conflicts of interest with huge private-sector education firms, her failure to understand even the most basic roles of the Department of Education and her singular lack of experience at any level in public education render her an unacceptable candidate to lead our nation’s public education system.

In accordance with the resolution passed by the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, Supporting Public Schools, Building Stable Learning Environments, I am announcing my formal opposition to Betsy DeVos’ nomination to be Secretary of Education. I urge all Senators to vote “no” at today’s committee meeting.

Regardless of the outcome of the committee vote, I will continue to advocate against Ms. DeVos’ nomination in anticipation of a full Senate vote next month. I appeal especially to moderate Republicans who helped form the essential coalition to pass the Education Jobs Bill in 2010. At that moment, a few brave senators put aside party loyalty and decided that public education in our nation was too important to fail.

America’s schoolchildren are looking for a few more courageous senators at this moment, seven years later, when the future of public education is once again in the hands of lawmakers. Betsy DeVos’ track record is antithetical to the core values that public schools serve every child who comes to the schoolhouse door. She is unqualified to serve in this critical role at this important juncture in our nation’s history.

I ask the Senate to choose hope. I ask the Senate to stand with the students and parents of this nation. I ask the Senate to value and prioritize their dreams. When we stand against Betsy DeVos, we stand with the families who depend upon our public school system to make these American Dreams come true. That is where I am proud to stand and I ask the Committee for a resounding “no” vote today.