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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Congressman Sires’ Statement Regarding Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos ‘60 Minutes’ Interview

Mar 14, 2018
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.)-  Congressman Sires issued the following statement regarding Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recent comments about public education during a ‘60 Minutes’ interview with Lesley Stahl:

“Since President Trump nominated Betsy DeVos to lead our nation’s education system it was clear that she had little regard for our public school system.  Her comments on Sunday only reaffirmed her lack of experience in education and her commitment to privatizing education at the expense of our public schools.

During her interview she displayed an utter lack of understanding of the needs of students in urban communities.  As Ms. Stahl suggested, perhaps Secretary DeVos should consider actually stepping foot in some of these schools to truly comprehend why federal investments are vital in improving underperforming schools.  Every student, regardless of where they live, should have access to a quality public education; I hope during her tenure, that Secretary DeVos grasps the concept of equality for all when it comes to public education.”

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