13 January 2017

Stand Together Against DeVos for Education Secretary - Wear Red for Public Ed on Tuesday, January 17

The date of the Wear Red for Public Ed action is now next Tuesday, January 17. 
The Senate confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, President-Elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, has been delayed until January 17, after public education advocates demanded the DeVos's incomplete financial disclosures be examined and an ethics review finished.

DeVos and her wealthy, right-wing family are no strangers to Michigan educators and students, who have suffered for years under policies the DeVoses have pushed as mega-donors to the Republican Party.

That’s why AFT Michigan and the MEA are asking all Michigan school employees to join together on Tuesday, January 17 and Wear Red for Public Ed.  Trump and DeVos can only succeed in undermining and privatizing public education if we let them.  Wearing red on Tuesday along with your colleagues will show that we remain united by our common belief in great public schools for all of our students.

And please take a moment to contact Michigan’s U.S. Senators, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, regarding the Senate’s consideration of DeVos. While both have already said they will not support her nomination, they need to hear from you as constituents with stories from the front lines about how the DeVos family’s education policies have harmed students and schools.  Your input can help them make the case in the Senate against Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as the next Secretary of Education.

In solidarity,

David Hecker