NEA Call for Action


Dear Friend,

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos called me the other day saying we should talk. But this seems premature. I’m still struck by the lack of clear answers she gave the public at her Senate hearing. There is no doubt where we stand on issues critical to supporting students and public education, but Americans have a right to know where she stands. So on Tuesday, I sent her a letter, asking for the answers that we didn’t get from her confirmation hearing. I have yet to receive a response, but I wanted to share the letter with you.

My questions for Secretary DeVos are simple:
  1. Do you agree that all schools receiving public dollars must be held to the same accountability and transparency standards?
  2. Will you agree not to privatize funding for Special Education or Title I, funding intended for our most vulnerable students?
  3. Will you stand with educators and protect our most vulnerable students from discrimination, including LGBT students, immigrant students, students of color, girls, and English language learners?
  4. Will you focus, as educators are focused, on the civil rights of all children, regardless of their ZIP code, by challenging the inequities so many face in equal access to programs, services and support?
These questions have a right and a wrong answer. If Secretary DeVos wants to talk, or to work with parents, public education advocates and the nearly three million educators that make up the National Education Association, then she’s going to need to answer them the right way.

Add your name to our letter today. Let’s make sure Betsy DeVos knows that while she may have been confirmed by the slimmest of margins, parents, students and educators are not backing down.

Thanks for all you’re doing – your enthusiasm is inspiring! 

– Lily

Lily Eskelsen García
National Education Association