Alexander, Corker Betray Tennesseans

Statement from Tennessee Citizen Action Executive Director Andy Spears on Confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education:

“Watching Senators Alexander and Corker support and vote for Betsy DeVos is profoundly disappointing. Her track record on education indicates she’s not a supporter of public schools and her education reform experiments in Michigan have been devastating failures. During her confirmation hearing, she demonstrated a disturbing lack of familiarity with laws designed to protect disabled students while also suggesting she’d support ending federal gun-free school laws. Moreover, I’ve watched thousands of Tennesseans of all backgrounds come together and speak out against DeVos over the last three weeks. There were demonstrations at Senate offices in Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Knoxville, and countless phone calls made. The people of Tennessee sent a loud, clear message of opposition to DeVos, yet Senators Alexander and Corker stubbornly persisted in their support. Today is a sad day for public education in our country. Tennesseans will not back down. It is unfortunate our Senators have chosen to support an unqualified, unprepared, and unimpressive individual to serve in a position of such importance. Even more disappointing is that they did so in spite of the wishes of their constituents.”

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