For Immediate Release
February 7, 2017
IEA Statement on DeVos Confirmation
“Wrong on So Many Levels”—IEA President Penni Cyr
Boise, ID—The following statement regarding the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary can be attributed to IEA President Penni Cyr.
“The bottom line is that Idaho’s students, parents, teachers and communities deserve an Education Secretary who is both qualified and supportive of public schools. Betsy DeVos is neither, which is why her confirmation today is wrong on so many levels. As evidenced by the massive outcry in opposition to her nomination, Idahoans and Americans have legitimate reasons to be concerned about her intentions and efficacy in the position.
Thank you to all the people who stood up for public education and contacted elected officials with concerns about DeVos. IEA members have been at the forefront of opposing detrimental people and policies, and we know they can be counted upon to take critical action going forward. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.
DeVos has zero experience with public education and, in fact, has worked to sabotage public schools at every turn. Her unfamiliarity with even the basics of education was evident in her Senate hearing and could have disastrous consequences as she takes on the important responsibilities of Education Secretary. DeVos has a long track record of questionable ethics and conflicts of interest, including substantial contributions to many of the Senators who confirmed her and ties to companies with a financial interest in privatizing public schools.
The basic premise of opportunity for every child, regardless of circumstance, is the foundation of our public school system. This premise could be seriously jeopardized by the confirmation of Betsy DeVos. We hope that she has been paying attention to the criticisms surrounding her candidacy, and will move forward with an approach that keeps her in touch with every day Idahoans looking for access and opportunity, not one that caters to her billionaire social circles and corporate interests.”
–Penni Cyr, IEA President