Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Representing the 12th District of California

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Pelosi Statement on Nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education

Nov 23, 2016
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on reports that President-elect Trump will nominate Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education:

“Education is the most important investment that a family can make in its children, and that our nation can make in its future.  The Department of Education must preserve the legacy of protecting and promoting the civil rights of students and any Secretary must understand that building a stronger America depends on every child, from every zip code having access to a free public, world-class education.  Unfortunately, Betsy DeVos has consistently fought for private school vouchers that do nothing but divert vital funds from public education, our communities and our children and those who need these investments the most.

“Congress has repeatedly and resoundingly rejected vouchers in a bipartisan fashion.  We hope that the next Secretary of Education will work faithfully with Democrats on the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, and ensure that every student has access to affordable, quality higher education in any reauthorization of the long overdue Higher Education Act.”

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