WHEREAS, President-elect Donald J. Trump on Nov. 23 nominated Republican fundraiser and billionaire Betsy DeVos to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Education; and
WHEREAS, according to Mother Jones magazine, the DeVos family has invested at least $200 million in various right-wing causes since 1970, including money for Republican candidates who support anti-union right-to work laws and the privatization of public education; and
WHEREAS, Betsy DeVos is an ardent supporter of school vouchers in order to funnel public funds into private hands;
WHEREAS, Betsy DeVos has been Michigan’s biggest financial and political backer of the effort to expand the state’s charter schools, which operate with virtually no state oversight and perform below the state average; and
WHEREAS, Betsy DeVos campaigned for a right-to-work law in Michigan in 2012 that bans unions from collecting fair-share fees, thereby undermining the ability of unions to advocate on behalf of all workers; and
WHEREAS, the Betsy and Dick DeVos Family Foundation has given millions of dollars to support the corporate education reform movement, including Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy Charter Schools and Campbell Brown’s partisan education “news” website The 74; and
WHEREAS, Betsy DeVos defiantly stated on the record in 1997 that her family’s intention was to “buy influence” through massive giving that promoted small government and conservative values; therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the UFT work with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and other allies to press the U.S. Senate to reject the appointment of Betsy DeVos to the post of U.S. education secretary.