To: Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education and President Donald Trump
Betsy DeVos: Resign
Despite your narrow and controversial confirmation, you are completely unqualified to serve as Secretary of Education.
We, the undersigned, demand your immediate resignation. In your confirmation hearings, you confirmed that you know nothing about public schools–as well as some of our most at-risk students, such as those with disabilities. It's time to step down, before you do any further damage to our neighborhood schools, and our children. Resign now.
Why is this important?
Betsy DeVos has proven time and time again that she is completely unqualified to serve as Secretary of Education.
Recently, she struggled to answer even basic questions about schools in her home state of Michigan, where she implemented a private charter school system that has drained public education funds and worsened both public and private school performance statewide.
During her confirmation hearings, it was alarmingly clear she was lacking knowledge about public education as we know it, as well as our most at-risk students—the disabled, the economically disadvantaged, English Language Learners, and more.
Also in her hearings, she cited dangers from "grizzlies" as a reason guns should be in schools. Now, unsurprisingly, she is advocating Donald Trump's plan to arm teachers.
A well-educated public is an essential cornerstone of American democracy. Betsy DeVos is a clear and present danger to that and must be forced to resign.