MTA blasts confirmation of DeVos as education secretary

The following statement was issued by Massachusetts Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni concerning the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. secretary of education on Feb. 7:

Betsy DeVos is a terrible choice for U.S. secretary of education, for our students, and for our nation’s public schools. Her longtime priority as a big-money donor to privatization causes has been to undermine public education by promoting vouchers and charter schools. She can be expected to continue those efforts as part of the Trump administration.

“Unfortunately, the Baker administration is already pursuing a school privatization agenda, as DeVos has pledged to continue to do.”

— MTA President Barbara Madeloni

The defeat of Question 2 on Nov. 8 demonstrated that Massachusetts residents highly value public education. The barrage of phone calls and e-mails to U.S. senators in opposition to the DeVos confirmation proved that people across the country cherish public education just as we do here in Massachusetts.

Given the national uproar, it is astonishing that Governor Charlie Baker did not oppose DeVos’ nomination and that his appointed secretary of education, James Peyser, said that he had no opinion about it. Unfortunately, the Baker administration is already pursuing a school privatization agenda, as DeVos has pledged to continue to do.

We will fight any state or federal efforts to weaken local democratic control of public schools and to privatize the most important public good there is: a public education system that serves all students.

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