STATEMENT: Unprepared, Unaware, and Unqualified: CAP’s Catherine Brown on Senate Confirmation of Betsy DeVos

Washington, D.C. — Following the Senate confirmation of Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of Education, Center for American Progress Vice President of Education Policy Catherine Brown released the following statement:

It’s true that money talks, and for the Republican Senate majority, $4 million in donations from Betsy DeVos and her family spoke louder than the voices of hundreds of thousands of constituents that called, emailed, tweeted, faxed, and protested about Ms. DeVos’ nomination. Unprepared, unaware, and unqualified, Ms. DeVos will now lead an agency whose work touches the lives of virtually every American. If there’s anything we hope Ms. DeVos learned from her confirmation process—in addition to the difference between proficiency versus growth—it’s that the American people do not want our public school system to be devalued and defunded, and any attempt to voucherize our schools will not happen quietly.

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