Target: Orrin Hatch, United States Senate President pro tempore
Goal: Officially block Betsy DeVos from her seat as Secretary of Education.
Betsy DeVos failed her confirmation hearing for Secretary of Education, but we cannot give up our fight yet. Her failure is a major step towards the seat hopefully being filled by someone more competent, but the vote to reject her must be unanimous and official.
Betsy DeVos is a prejudiced, right-wing conservative with no experience as an educator and a poor record on civil rights. Her confirmation hearing further proved her inadequacy; she failed to show even a basic understanding of key issues such as how to assess student performances, the importance of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, or addressing sexual assault on campuses. In addition, she would leave it up to the cities and states to decide whether or not guns would be allowed in school, and refused to promise she would not cut funds from public education.
This is not a woman who should be in charge of education. Her abysmal performance at her hearing only further proves her lack of preparation and fitness for this position. Sign this petition to ensure her rejection for Secretary of Education.
Dear President pro tempore Hatch,
The vote for Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education is very soon, and DeVos has failed her confirmation hearing miserably. She has proven that she lacks even the most basic understanding of key issues important to schools, and will likely cut funds from public education.
This candidate is completely unfit for such an important position. You must encourage the Senate to vote “no” on Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. The importance of education in our country cannot be overestimated, not only for its role in informing our youth of issues and events that underpin our global society, but for the experiences gained in schools that unite communities and enable students to navigate this world in increasingly complex times.
DeVos must not be put in charge of such an important department. Vote “no” on DeVos and encourage the rest of the Senate to do likewise.
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