Betsy DeVos and her qualifications

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There were enough questions and concerns about this (and only “craptions” – the auto generated YouTube captions available here, boo):

and this (also “craptioned”) that Besty DeVos’ committee vote, originally scheduled to take place today, has been postponed to Jan. 31

(see Washington Post article here about it).

I’m sure the postponement was also due to the parent-army of kids with disabilities and people with disabilities themselves, calling, emailing, trumpeting the fact that this woman Should Not Be in Education. Ever, full stop, let alone as the Secretary of Education.

While the committee vote has been postponed, it’s not over yet. The cows haven’t come home, and we still have to round them up.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”What you can do NOW” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left|color:%23000000″ google_fonts=”font_family:Cinzel%3Aregular%2C700%2C900|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1485286243311{background-color: #f2f2f2 !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

  1. CALL.

We can keep on calling until the end of January. The numbers are here:

Sample script (to say when calling, if you are unsure):[/vc_column_text][vc_message message_box_color=”success” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-wpforms” css=”.vc_custom_1485286462264{border-radius: 2px !important;}”]Sample Script:
“Hello, my name is [your name]. I am calling from [your town and state] to ask [your Senator] to oppose Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. In the Senate confirmation hearings Tuesday night, DeVos revealed a stunning ignorance of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, known as the IDEA, which requires public schools to provide free and appropriate education to all students with disabilities. She didn’t even know that the IDEA was a federal law, and refused to commit to protecting students with special needs. She wouldn’t commit to holding charter and voucher schools to the same standards as traditional public schools. Students with disabilities deserve a Secretary of Education who understands their needs and who understands the law that protects them. Please join me in opposing the appointment of Betsy DeVos.[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

2. EMAIL, Part 1

It’s easy to send an email through the National Education Association’s Legislative Action Center. Just click this link and it will take you directly to the form that you fill out with your information, which they use to fill out the Senator’s forms. They connect you automatically with your state’s senators, and boom. There you go. Couldn’t be easier.

3. Email, Part 2

Contact your senators and the senators on the HELP committee, linked here, and pasted belowAsk them to vote no on her confirmation. Adding a personal story about what IDEA or public education in general means for your family is a good move here.

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”turquoise” border_width=”6″][vc_column_text]What we can do is that simple, and it’s that profound.

We need to be able to say with confidence that we really did everything we could.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”turquoise” border_width=”6″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Below is the list of all Senators on the Senate HELP Committee, who heard testimony from Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos. If you care about public education, and about the education of people with disabilities, call them. Please.

Alexander, Lamar (TN),Chairman
Phone: (202) 224-4944

Enzi, Michael B. (WY)
Phone: (202) 224-3424

Burr, Richard (NC)
(202) 224-3154

Isakson, Johnny (GA)
(202) 224 – 3643

Paul, Rand (KY)

Collins, Susan M. (ME)
(202) 224 – 2523

Cassidy, Bill (LA)
(202) 224-5824

Young, Todd (IN)
(202) 224 – 5623

Hatch, Orrin G. (UT)
(202) 224-5251

Roberts, Pat (KS)

Murkowski, Lisa (AK)

Scott, Tim (SC)
(202) 224-6121

Murray, Patty (WA), Ranking Member
(202) 224-2621

Sanders, Bernard (VT)
(202) 224-5141

Casey, Robert P. (PA)
(202) 224-6324

Franken, Al (MN)
(202) 224-5641

Bennet, Michael F. (CO)

Whitehouse, Sheldon (RI)
(202) 224-2921

Baldwin, Tammy (WI)
(202) 224-5653

Murphy, Christopher (CT)
(202) 224-4041

Warren, Elizabeth (MA)
(202) 224-4543

Kaine, Tim (VA)
(202) 224-4024

Hassan, Margaret Wood (NH)
(202) 224-3324


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  1. Sen. Murray says she will vote against her (as will the other WA senator), not that that does a lot as a minority Democrat. Please target Republicans!

    1. YES! Evidently, they only need 3 republicans to vote against her and she’ll be out of the picture.

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