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Congressman Sires’ Statement Opposing Secretary of Education Nominee Betsy DeVos

Jan 25, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.)-  Congressman Sires issued the following statement on the Department of Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos:

“I urge the Senate to oppose the confirmation of Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education when her nomination is put to a vote.   Last week’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee proved that Mrs. DeVos does not possess the qualifications to head our nation’s education system.  Not only does Mrs. DeVos lack experience within the public school system, but she also made it abundantly clear that she does not fully understand the scope of the job she has been nominated to serve.

In addition to her insufficient record regarding public education, it is also deeply concerning that Mrs. DeVos will not commit to continuing gun-free school zones nor uphold policies that support students with disabilities.  As a product and advocate of the public education system, I fear the challenges that will face students and educators in New Jersey and across America should Mrs. DeVos be at the helm of our public schools.  The next Secretary of Education should support increased resources for high-quality public schools, investments in early childhood education, and efforts to make college more affordable.”

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee held a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education on January 17, 2017.