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Bonamici Statement on Senate Confirmation of Betsy DeVos to be Education Secretary

February 7, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC [02/07/17] — Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), the Vice Ranking Member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate narrowly confirmed Betsy DeVos to be the Secretary of Education.

“I’m deeply disappointed that the Senate has confirmed Betsy DeVos to be the Secretary of Education. I share the serious concerns raised by hundreds of thousands of people across the country about her paucity of experience in public education policy and her lack of commitment to strengthening public schools and enforcing critical equity protections for students. As Vice Ranking Member of the House Education Committee, I will look for opportunities to work with Secretary DeVos to deliver on the promise of an equal, world-class public education for every child in this country. But I will use every tool at my disposal to oppose efforts to privatize public education or to undermine the important role of federal policy in protecting the civil rights of all students. If this Secretary and her allies in Congress propose legislation to shift public school funding to private and religious schools, or to weaken oversight of the law that prohibits gender discrimination in education, or to ignore the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, I will be on the front lines of the fight to defend the rights of all students to high-quality public education.”