In today’s very surreal world, why does ANYTHING surprise me any more?  But things still do.

As discussed here before, President Trump’s nominee to be Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, may be the most unqualified person ever nominated to any cabinet position.  Her confirmation hearing before a Senate committee was a train wreck.  She seems clueless of some of the most basic concepts of public schools.

And to top things off, here is a letter to Senator Lamar Alexander supporting the DeVos nomination:  And the first three names signing this letter?  Lt. Governor Kay Ivey, Secretary of State John Merrill and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh.

The letter boasts signatures representing “elected state offices from all 50 states,” but not a single state-level department of education chief is among the entire bunch. Even though the letter notes that “education is critical,” it seems education is not critical enough to include support from anyone whose professional career is currently connected to the classroom.

January 17, 2017

The Honorable Lamar Alexander


U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

428 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Chairman Alexander,

As one of the most critical issues impacting the future of our nation, we must have a Secretary of Education committed to the needs of all of our nation’s children. Betsy DeVos has made it her life’s mission to find, support and push for education solutions in her home state of Michigan and across the country. She is an advocate and ally for all children, and we write to you today to express our support for her nomination to this important position as her confirmation hearing approaches.

We represent elected state offices from all 50 states, and as such, we each know the impact of an overgrown federal government reaching into the states to push a one-size-fits all approach to education. No two states, localities or school districts are the same, nor are the needs of the children who reside there. Betsy DeVos understands this distinction and for years has embraced a variety of education solutions to meet this need.

Her support for an all-of-the-above approach to K-12 education – from charter schools, to public, private and online education – defines the school choice movement that has helped countless children across many of our states. By advancing these innovative solutions from the Department of Education, Betsy DeVos will put children first and empower not only states to lead the way in making critical education decisions, but also empower parents to choose what type of education is best for their children.

Together we applaud President-elect Donald Trump for selecting Betsy DeVos as his Secretary of Education nominee. We encourage the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to ensure a swift confirmation process so that we together can get to work making classrooms a place for all children to thrive. 

You can see all signees here.