EduColor Statement on the DeVos Confirmation

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Contact: Sabrina Stevens

February 7, 2017

WASHINGTON – Following the Senate’s recent confirmation of Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, EduColor Policy Chair Khalilah Harris made the following statement on behalf of the collective:

We are incredibly heartened to see how many people have finally stepped up to take action in support of public education. Because of this unprecedented outpouring of public opposition to Betsy DeVos–driven by her shocking lack of qualifications and preparation, her privatization agenda, and her unwillingness to affirm any commitment to the vulnerable students the US Department of Education (USED) exists to protect–what was once assumed to be a guaranteed confirmation quickly became the most hotly contested Cabinet appointment in recent history.

But let’s be clear: as an organization committed to full educational justice for students and communities who are systematically denied access to a quality public education, we are fully prepared to resist policies and positions put forth by this Secretary of Education and this White House, and will be vigilant in protecting the important work of USED’s Office for Civil Rights. Betsy DeVos has pushed an agenda in Michigan that has devastated public education, and we have no confidence in DeVos, the Trump administration, nor its leader, whose hateful statements as a candidate and reckless and unconstitutional actions since taking office are now legendary.

EduColor is a collective that seeks to elevate the voices of public school advocates of color on educational equity and justice. We are an inclusive cooperative of informed, inspired and motivated educators, parents, students, writers and activists who promote and embrace the centrality of substantive intersectional diversity. | @EduColorMVMT |


  1. I am disgusted, but not surprised, by the DeVos confirmation. The oligarchy relies on an uninformed populace so it seeks to destroy the great equalizer, public education

  2. It is the children, dedicated teachers, and finally, our nation that will suffer from her appointment. It is because people are uneducated that we have this president in the first place. And it is only with good public education that we can move forward.

  3. We need to vote out all those up for reelection in 2018, they refused to listen to the outcries of the American people, turned a death ear and blind eye on our future generations for someone else with no experience in public education. Our children deserve better than what these people put in place, their education is not for sale. #VoteTedCruzOut and others just like him !!!

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