I know teachers are seeing red. Any wearing red today to protest Betsy DeVos?

Any Georgia teachers wearing red today?

There is a national call for public school teachers to wear red today to protest the nomination of Michigan billionaire and choice advocate Betsy DeVos as U.S. secretary of education.

With the nomination about to be debated in Washington, both sides have intensified efforts to influence public opinion on DeVos. (Here is a piece from the blog in favor of  DeVos. Here is one against. )

This is from the Wear Red to Support Ed Facebook page:

Wear RED wherever you are on 1/17 to protest the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.

Keep up the pressure! The Senate HELP Committee is set to interview Betsy DeVos on 1/17 at 5 PM EST. Keep up the pressure – call members of the Senate HELP Committee on Tuesday – here is a link to their numbers and a short script provided by Journey for Justice.

Please also continue to pressure members of the Senate HELP Committee on social media. Here are a series of tweets you can send #DumpDevos and the twitter tags for members of the Senate HELP Committee.

WE MUST KEEP UP THE PRESSURE! They figured if they do this AFTER a holiday weekend we will all be asleep – DO NOT BE ASLEEP!

DeVos earned an endorsement from a Bush this weekend; former First Lady Barbara Bush wrote an op-ed on her behalf.

Among Bush’s comments:

I believe Mrs. DeVos is an educator at heart. She is a woman who has dedicated much of her adult life to fighting some really tough battles on behalf of our nation’s school children, including mentoring children for decades in her home state of Michigan. There are powerful forces in our education system that are resistant to change. Mrs. DeVos has the courage to do the thing for parents and their children.

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Milo
Milo

Never seen so many red panties ruffled in all my life. 

bigdoggie1
bigdoggie1

She and her family have devoted their lives to the BS of gay-conversion therapy, which she lied about yesterday when she said she and her family did not donate $10m to the Focus on the Family and it's horrible gay-conversion therapy BS!

DeVos=wholly unqualified!

two cents worth
two cents worth

Curious if any of those who are supporting DeVos have read her bio AND watched her confirmation hearing today. She avoided answering questions and had vague responses. The fact that DeVos does not even know what federal IDEA legislation  and the related requirements shows how completely unqualified she is for the position.  Aspiring college students learn about IDEA during their first few college education classes. It is fundamental to leveling the playing field and providing education accessibility to all.  I am a parent, a teacher, and come from a family of educators.  To think that a billionaire with absolutely no experience in public school could potentially be the principal advisor to the President on federal policies, programs, and activities related to education in the United States is abhorrent.


4PublicEducation
4PublicEducation

I think the fact that she does not have public school experience is a plus.  A pair of fresh eyes looking at problems the current bloated bureaucracy has been unable to solve could be a very good thing.  How could she do worse? 

Ralph Noble
Ralph Noble

Well, first we could actually fund education in Georgia.

Pelosied
Pelosied

"I hope you'll confirm Betsy DeVos' nomination to be Secretary of Education. I think it's in our national interest to give her a chance."

"Everything I have seen tells me that Betsy is ready to take on this assignment and do it very well."

-- former Senator and Democratic nominee for Vice-President Joe Lieberman, before the Senate Education Committee today

JBBrown1968
JBBrown1968

@Pelosied I wonder if those tax deductible donations have generated any personal profits? Some have speculated that it is up to 39% return on the money!

JBBrown1968
JBBrown1968

@Pelosied Yes......god yes...... Betsy you have been put here to lead the poor children to the mountain top.

happyinga
happyinga

NO

If she can fix all the problems we are dealing with, go for it.

Shira Newman
Shira Newman

Wow. So the answer is to keep doing what we have been doing? Somehow everyhing will work out? At what time do you try soemthing new?

Shira Newman
Shira Newman

My kids Charter school is doing well and he loves it and loves going to school. You are painting with a very broad brush. How do you do something new without trying something new?

Becky Fly
Becky Fly

Shira Newman I agree that we need new ideas. Charter schools are not new and do not need to be revisited.

Becky Fly
Becky Fly

This has been tried in other states and has failed. Did you miss the bullet point that said "funded effort against bill to hold charter schools accountable'? Why do we want to establish a school system that we cannot hold accountable? Yes, our public schools have problems, but why do we want to do something that has no accountability and has been proven to be out performed by public schools? https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/charters-not-outperforming-nations-traditional-public-schools-report-says/2013/06/24/23f19bb8-dd0c-11e2-bd83-e99e43c336ed_story.html?utm_term=.e0ec4ffb5b89

Shira Newman
Shira Newman

Nothing new and interesting has been tried anywhere. We need a completely new idea and the ability to implement it if you are only going to keep the same measurements and testing then no it isn't new

ownerccc
ownerccc

With the state of public education, that has failed us for 50 years, we need something different. If she improves our schools, I'm all for her getting the job. If it negatively affects public school unions, even better!

Tom Staszewski
Tom Staszewski

Just say NO to Betsy. She should stay in Michigan and concentrate on making more money with her husband's AMWAY business and NOT trying to make money from privatizing our beloved public school systems. Say NO to privately owned profit making charter schools.

someonesdad
someonesdad

She sounds pretty good to me.  Do the socialist teacher unions resent her for making sense?

Peggy Riley
Peggy Riley

never doubt that there is a profit motive here. She has massive investments in companies that run charter schools.

Pelosied
Pelosied

Betsy DeVos has committed the unpardonable sin of devoting much of her fortune to helping poor kids escape failing public schools.

The horror!

And she never was a teacher, notes the anti-reform crowd, so how can she (and by implication other parents) possibly know what’s best for schools? Yet the same crowd howls that bankers shouldn’t be regulating banks. So which is it?

The teachers union bosses’ nasty campaign to discredit DeVos reeks of political desperation. In Michigan DeVos has found innovative ways to expand choices for parents who find themselves saddled with failing local schools.

And they fear that, as Education Secretary, she'll do the same for parents nationwide.

Astropig
Astropig

@Pelosied


I think that she will do a good job. Of course the unions won't like her-but would there have been any  DOE secretary from any Republican winner that they did approve of? The NEA called for Obama's Ed Secretary to resign a couple of years ago-Even a Socialist president couldn't satisfy these wing nuts.

Astropig
Astropig

I think that this is a wonderful idea.Wear red,bright as you can find.Most women (IMHO) look better in red anyway.


I also believe that those of us that are happy to have Ms. DeVos as Ed Secretary should give you just as much consideration as you would have given us,had our roles been reversed.


Maybe red will look good on you! Go ahead,let's give it a look!

PJ25
PJ25

Even the public schools have been overrun by snowflakes.  Thankfully the participation trophy era ends Friday.  

Unaffiliated Voter
Unaffiliated Voter

Get YOUR children OUT of government screwls NOW !


Hey, teach - red is for republicans!    duh.

Astropig
Astropig

@Unaffiliated Voter


I believe that President-Elect Trump has the same right that (outgoing) President )Obama had-To put his team in place and let the voters decide if they are doing a good job.Obama got his picks confirmed with barely a ripple of opposition and thanks to Harry Reid,it looks like PEOTUS Trump will get his confirmed as well.We need to allow these people to do their jobs and let judgement be passed after they have assumed their roles,not before (like is being proposed here).

Ficklefan
Ficklefan

Uh-oh! Big trouble ahead. Someone more concerned about the students and their opportunities to learn in a quality environment than the career paths and pay of teachers and administrators is getting the big seat in Washington. The sky is surely falling. Someone who knows that just throwing more and more money at education, and creating and growing the enormous and fat eduacracy - as has been done for decades - is not the answer to providing quality education. Wow! Like Trump, let's just hope she doesn't have too many successes, or the people who pay for all of this will begin to start to figure things out. Not good.  

Shannon the Grouch
Shannon the Grouch

I really don't understand the wave of anti-intellectualism that has gripped us.  Why do we want non-experts in charge?  We had a well-qualified candidate who was rejected by the powerful minority of middle-American and Southern states in favor of a carnival barking sometime real estate developer and reality star.  Every cabinet appointment he's making seems to be woefully unqualified.


"Qualified" has become a bad word to voters, and I will never understand this.


If I am going to sit in a classroom, I want a teacher who knows what he or she is talking about.


If I'm going to have surgery, I want an experienced and studied doctor.


If I'm going to court, I want a lawyer who (gasp) knows law.


But somehow, an experienced *politician* is now the devil.


In the same vein, we'll apparently take *anybody* to head the public schools except someone who has actually been in the schools and who is trained for it. 

E Pluribus Unum
E Pluribus Unum

@Mustang100 @Shannon the Grouch


 If you look at the increased number 

of  students in college, and numerous technological advances that can be

 traced to students who attended public schools over the last forty years, I think 

you will find that your statement

neglects the majority of successes.


Mustang100
Mustang100

@Shannon the Grouch Let me help you understand. For 40 + years 'Intellectuals' have been running the educational system of America through liberal politics with the aid of liberal media, and liberal unions. They think they all are smarter than anyone else around them, and are intolerant of anyone who disagrees with that view.

America has tried their way, and it has failed. It is time for successful business acumen to take over.

Jenna Schuh
Jenna Schuh

I am planning to wear read in support!!

Your Teacher
Your Teacher

I don't plan to. Not that I'm giving her a pass (because I think she's a terrible choice), but she isn't any worse than the people elected to the Georgia legislature - and they have more say than the Feds on many school matters. Heck, I think it was just last week that you tweeted something about the surprise members of an education committee had that teachers in non-Milestone courses give final tests. I'd be curious how many of those politicians have a lack of experience like her. My guess is not many have been in education in any capacity other than as a student.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@Your Teacher Some of them were married to "room mothers!"  Don't forget that!  That qualifies them to know "all about" what the schools need!