The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. secretary of education is a smack in the face to the people of this country, who sent millions of messages to senators calling for her nomination to be rejected. While we lost this fight, we continue to win the hearts and minds of the people — who are committed to public education.
Our struggle continues, and we will be organizing for the battles ahead. But first, let’s send a message to students, their families, our communities and our legislators that we will not back down and will continue to defend public education.
If your school was closed on Friday, please take this action on Monday.
Wear red — a fighting color — for public ed! Make it crystal clear: We will not give up the struggle for public education and the schools our communities deserve.
- And/or: Hold a standout before you head into class. Make signs that let others in your community know that you will act with them to protect public education. Post pictures on social media using the hashtag #RedForPublicEd and click here to e-mail or download and print a flier.
In the weeks ahead, plan a community forum to envision the schools our communities deserve and plan what we will do together to guarantee that we will get those schools. Contact your local president or field representative for more information.