DeVos Confirmation: The Education World Reacts


Reactions in Support of DeVos:

I championed Betsy DeVos because she will implement the new law fixing No Child Left Behind the way Congress wrote it: to reverse the trend toward a national school board and restore local control of Tennessee’s public schools. [Read More]

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

Chairman, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

Millions of families share Secretary DeVos’s vision for disrupting a failed status quo that has denied too many children access to a quality education.  It’s time to upend the entrenched special interests that put adults above genuine reforms that will raise student achievement. [Read More]

Governor Jeb Bush

President and Chairman, Foundation for Excellence in Education

Today, the American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, congratulates the next U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, and applauds the U.S. Senate for voting to confirm an Education Secretary who will truly put students first. [Read More] American Federation for Children

BAEO congratulates Betsy DeVos on becoming our next Secretary of Education. She is a very gifted and well-respected education leader with a proven track record of advancing excellence and equity for students. She has been a strong champion for parental choice, ensuring that all children, regardless of race or economic status, have access to excellent schools. [Read More] Black Alliance for Educational Options

We believe that Secretary DeVos will put students and families first and we look forward to working with her to ensure each child has access to a high-quality public school and a safe and supportive environment in which to learn. [Read More]

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Secretary DeVos will be a stalwart advocate for our nation’s students, putting their interests first, because every child deserves access to an education that fits their individual needs. [Read More]

Public School Options

Now we can look forward to some bold changes, hopefully, if she stacks her team with people who know how to deal with the belly of the beast. [Watch Now]

Jeanne Allen

CEO, The Center for Education Reform

It is gratifying to see Betsy DeVos confirmed as the next U.S. Secretary of Education. This is not because the federal government should attempt to push school choice—it should not, except in the District of Columbia and for families connected to the military—but because the opposition to now-Secretary DeVos was so unfair to her, and to the research on educational freedom. [Read More]

Neal McCluskey

Director, Cato Institute's Center for Educational Freedom


Reactions in Opposition of DeVos:

We may not have won this fight today, but people across the country have stood up and made their voices heard on the importance of strong public education in America, and we are not going to stand down. [Read More]

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)

Ranking Member, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

Americans across the nation drove a bipartisan repudiation of the Trump-DeVos agenda for students and public education. Today’s outcome marks only the beginning of the resistance. Students, educators, parents, civil rights and special education advocates—along with millions of Americans—are speaking loud and clear: we are here to stay…we will protect public education. [Read More] Lily Eskelsen García

President, National Education Association

DeVos’ confirmation battle has a major silver lining: The public in public education has never been more visible or more vocal, and it is not going back in the shadows. This same public—from rural towns to urban centers, from liberals to conservatives—will now serve as a check and balance, and they will be fierce fighters on behalf of children. I am honored to be a soldier in that movement for children. [Read More]

Randi Weingarten

President, American Federation of Teachers

National PTA looks forward to informing Secretary DeVos on all of our public policy priorities, including equitable public education for all, healthy and safe schools, protections for our nation’s most vulnerable youth and the importance of family engagement in education. Where we are in alignment, we stand ready to work together, however, policies of the administration that attempt to weaken public education will continue to meet National PTA’s opposition. [Read More]

National PTA

While our concerns remain, we must now look ahead to the important policy issues facing our nation’s schools. On behalf of the 1 in 5 children living with learning and attention issues, I reiterate our commitment to work with the Secretary and her department to ensure that children with learning disabilities receive supports and services to which they are entitled by law. [Read More]

National Center for Learning Disabilities

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