NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - As controversy continues to swirl around recently sworn-in President Donald Trump and the decisions he’s made in his first few days in office, New Rochelle school officials have spoken out against his choice for Secretary of Education.
Trump has nominated businesswoman Elisabeth “Betsy” DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education in his administration, a decision that has startled and befuddled many educators throughout the country.
At a special meeting on Friday, the New Rochelle Board of Education passed a resolution opposing the confirmation of DeVos, citing her lack of credentials and experience.
The resolution calls upon the United States Senate to oppose the nomination and “confirm a better candidate better suited to serve as Secretary of Education.” The vote on DeVos’ confirmation is scheduled to take place on Tuesday.
“Until such time as the Trump administration presents a formal vision for the future of public education in the United States of America that supports the success of all students, (the Board of Education) will continue to oppose such a nomination,” the resolution states.
The resolution adds that DeVos is a candidate lacking “any formal credentials as an educator, experience in the administration and management of public schools.
“DeVos demonstrates a pre-disposition towards and long history of support for school voucher programs, which by their very nature challenge our steadfast belief that all schools should be fully supported and funded to provide each and every student access to a high-quality education, regardless of their place of residence or socio-economic status.”