While educators across the country are doing amazing things to help our students, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is using this crisis to push her education privatization agenda – this time proposing “microgrants” that sound very much like school voucher programs she’s pushed for years.
“Once again, she’s tone deaf. She’s out of touch,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “Students, parents and educators are grappling with a global crisis. Instead of giving them the support they need, Betsy DeVos wants to push a privatization plan that does nothing but hurt our most vulnerable students.”
Congress has rejected DeVos’s previous voucher schemes, and should reject this one too – take a moment to contact your U.S. Representatives and Senators to urge them to say no to DeVos’s latest privatization push.
And, while you’re emailing Congress, be sure to advocate for more funding for the Education Stabilization Fund to help fill state budget gaps and for at least $2 billion in funding for the E-Rate program to help close the “homework gap” experienced by students who don’t have access to the internet at home.