Education and Solidarity Network

Trump-DeVos agenda is wrong for students and public schools

Romain Chave
March 1, 2017

In the recent weeks, the National Education Association, the largest American education professionals union, spoke against Trump administration and its conception of education. In the cross-hairs is Betsy DeVos, the US secretary of Education. 

Last January more than 1 million educators, parents, students and public education advocates have emailed letters to the U.S. Senate asking senators to vote no on Betsy DeVos to become secretary of education. According to the NEA, in addition to her lack of any experience of public school education, DeVos raises the spectrum of a two-speed education system, the emergence of more inequalities and the deterioration of public education for Americans.

“The job of the secretary of education is to support our students, especially the most vulnerable, to strengthen American’s public education system and to ensure equal access,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “The Trump-DeVos agenda is designed to undermine that mission and harm our students and public schools.” she continued. “

The NEA also reacted about the recent withdrawal of Andrew F. Pudzer to head the U.S. Department of Labor and urged the Trump administration to nominate someone who is qualified and who believes in the mission of the department of labor.

Finally, NEA has risen against Trump’s immigration policies which constitutes attacks on American cord values: safety, freedom and equal opportunities.  Immigration enforcement raids, underway in several states, have been strongly denounced since they create chaos in schools and communities and install a climate of fear among children and students.

The National Education Association (NEA) is the nation’s largest professional employee organization. It is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA’s 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA is a fellow member of ESN since its creation back in 2008.

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