Today, Councilmember David Grosso, Chairperson of the Committee on Education, sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) urging them to oppose the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education in the Trump administration.
"Based on their merit, the responses Ms. DeVos gave at her confirmation hearing regarding the policies that she supports gave me grave concerns for the safety and education of the children of the District of Columbia," Grosso wrote.
Furthermore, it appeared that the nominee lacked the background to successfully serve as the nation's top education official.
"I am deeply concerned with Ms. DeVos’s lack of articulable basic knowledge about these laws and programs that protect the rights of our children and ensure their success both inside and outside of the classroom," he wrote.
He also raised issue with the nominee's support of vouchers, which have historically had negative impacts on education in D.C., undermining oversight, transparency, and accountability.
Read the full letter here: