Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement today on Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Education Secretary:
“President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Education Secretary has displayed one consistent value: an open hostility toward public schools and teachers. Betsy Devos champions ‘reforms’ that basically defund, undercut and privatize public education, with a goal of turning it over to loosely-regulated, for-profit charter schools. She’s spent millions of dollars and decades pushing this cause, the same one that’s failed in Florida.
Former Gov. Jeb Bush touted the same voucher-happy, test-crazed ‘reforms,’ and they have largely been abandoned. The billionaire Republican fundraiser that Trump wants to lead our nation’s education system has been one of the biggest proponents of these ‘accountability’ reforms in her home state of Michigan, saddling public schools with burdensome mandates that private schools are mostly free to ignore.
There are strong indications it failed there, too. Americans want their children to walk into a stronger public school system every morning, not a risky privatization scheme. Based on her long record of activism, she will take our nation’s schools back down a path of proven failure that Florida knows all too well.”