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ACTION 42

Call to Oppose Betsy DeVos!

The president-elect’s nomination for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos is a Michigan billionaire and heir to the Amway fortune. She has never attended nor sent her children to public school, and has no education experience. Despite having no background in education policy, she has spent years advocating for the use of public funds to pay for private school tuition in the form of vouchers, pressed to expand publicly funded but privately run charter schools, and tried to strip teacher unions of their influence.

Many public education advocates fear that she will defund public schools in her pursuit of a market-based privatized vision of education. She has no credentials in this field, only her immense wealth, which she has used to influence the conversation on education reform. Wealth should not buy a seat at the head of any policy-making table.

1. CALL the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) 202-224-5375

2. CALL the individual senators that make up the committee, start with the senators from your state. Pass on to friends and family who live in these states - they need to hear from their constituents!

Republican committee senators:
Lamar AlexanderTennessee
202-224-4944
•Chairman of HELP
Susan Collins - Maine
202-224-2523
*Considered a moderate Republican 
Lisa Murkowski - Alaska
202-224-6665
*anti-Trump in the past, but accepted money from DeVos 
Tim Scott - South Carolina 
202-224-6121 
*accepted money from DeVos
Bill Cassidy - Louisiana 
202-224-5824
*accepted money from DeVos
Orrin Hatch - Utah
202-224-5251 
Richard Burr - North Carolina 
202-224-3154
*accepted money from DeVos
Michael B. Enzi - Wyoming 
202-224-3424
Johnny Isakson - Georgia  
202-224-3643
Rand PaulKentucky 
202-224-4343
Pat RobertsKansas
202-224-4774 

Democratic committee senators:
Patty Murray - Washington
202-224-2621
•Ranking member of HELP
Bernie Sanders - Vermont 
202-224-5141
Robert P. Casey Jr - Pennsylvania
202-224-6324
Al Franken - Minnesota
202-224-5641 
Michael F. Bennet - Colorado
202-224-5852
Sheldon Whitehouse - Rhode Island
202-224-2921
Tammy Baldwin - Wisconsin
202-224-5653 
Elizabeth Warren - Massachusetts 
202-224-4543
Christopher S. Murphy - Connecticut
202-224-4041
Tim Kaine - Virginia 
202-224-4024
Maggie Hassan - New Hampshire
202-224-3324

3. CALL your own state senator if they are not already listed above, and tell them you oppose this nomination, and ask them what they will do to oppose it as well. 

USE THIS SCRIPT (feel free to ad-lib, of course)
Hello, I am calling to register my strong opposition to Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. I want to let you know I am watching the confirmation hearings closely. Betsy DeVos has never worked in a school in any capacity. As a proponent of charter schools and voucher programs, she shows her lack of interest in supporting poorer communities, the ones with parents who work full-time and struggle to simply keep up. The president of the National Education Association has said that DeVos "“has done more to undermine public education than support students".  As a firm believer in the American dream, I do not feel that the United States of America will be a country of equality, or be poised to be a globally competitive producer of strong, educated minds with Betsy DeVos' combined set of values and lack of experience. I would not feel proud to call her my secretary of education.

KEEP WORKING ON THE OTHER CABINET APPOINTMENTS!
• Action 38 -
Keep calling the Committee on Foreign Relations to oppose Rex Tillerson 202-224-4651 
• Action 40Action 41 - Keep calling to oppose Jeff Sessions - the hearing is today!
• Action 39 - Understanding how cabinet appointments work
• Use this AMAZING SPREADSHEET to call about ALL targeted appointments

Thank you!
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