For Immediate Release:

February 7, 2017



Matthew Nocella, 202.286.1987


Statement of Councilmember Grosso on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education


Washington, D.C. – The following is a statement from Councilmember David Grosso, Chairperson of the Committee on Education of the Council of the District of Columbia, on today’s confirmation of Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education by the U.S. Senate:

“I am extremely dismayed that the Senate has voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as the next Secretary of Education.  The nation’s top education official must promote the safety, education, and best interest of the all students and families in our nation’s schools.  Her confirmation hearings, and the historic bipartisan opposition to her nomination, made clear she is not up to that task.

“Mrs. DeVos’ lack of articulable basic knowledge about the laws and programs that protect the rights of our children and ensure their success both inside and outside of the classroom, as well as her support for school vouchers, would deeply undermine the quality of education children can receive in the District of Columbia.

“A strong public education system, with appropriate resources, accountability, and transparency, puts our students in the best position to succeed. I am committed to the continued improvement of our public education system in the District of Columbia and will fiercely oppose any attempts by the Trump Administration and the Congress to hinder that progress.”