We in the 2e community have a stake in the way the U.S. Government’s Department of Education treats students who are gifted and students who have learning disabilities. Many in the education community – the Council for Exceptional Children, Understood.com, the National Education Association, and Education Week, for example – have expressed concerns about the nominee to head the Department of Education in the current administration, Betsy DeVos. Particular issues you might want to pay attention to as you review her nomination are her inclination to try to privatize public schools by turning them into charter schools, her possible misunderstanding of IDEA, and her credentials in the area of education. We suggest if you have any interest in this issue that you:
- Check where Education Week, Understood, and CEC stand on the issue of her confirmation
- Read some of her views at the site of the Fordham Institute for education
- Review how major newspapers have covered her qualifications and agenda
- Consider making your voice heard one way or another through CEC's Legislative Action Center or by contacting your elected representatives directly.