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Senate Republicans have delayed confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump’s nominee for secretary of education.
This delay gives us an opportunity to increase pressure on the Senate to reject DeVos. The move came after intense public pressure—your calls, emails and petitions to the Senate—demanding that the ethics committee have time to fully review her investments and political donations. You also highlighted her track record here in Michigan.
We need to make sure the Senate hears us loud and clear. We don’t want Betsy DeVos to do anymore harm. Americans want an education secretary who supports public education so all children have great neighborhood schools, not one who wants to destroy it.
In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America's students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, destructive approaches that Donald Trump's education secretary nominee advocates to undermine and privatize public education.
Read the resolution passed by the DFT on pardoning DACA immigrant youth and supporting the National Days of Action.
Republicans in the Michigan Senate are pushing Senate Bill 102, legislation that would close the Michigan Public School Retirement System to newly hired school employees.
This attack on our pensions is being led by anti-working family interests and billionaires—including Betsy DeVos, the U.S. president-elect’s pick for Secretary of Education. DeVos and others like her believe that workers should only have access to risky 401(k)-style retirement plans. We know there will be a serious attempt made to ban traditional pensions in the public sector, and it’s a slippery slope!