Congressman Tim Ryan Opposes Trump’s Department of Education Nominee

Jan 17, 2017 Issues: Education

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement regarding President-Elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Education, Betsy DeVos – who is testifying before a Senate confirmation hearing today. DeVos previously led the school-choice advocacy group, All Children Matter, which lobbies on behalf of for-profit charter schools and has worked to redirect funds away from the very public schools she would now be tasked with managing.

Under DeVos’s stewardship, All Children Matter’s political arm knowingly violated Ohio State election law by engaging in unlawful political donations through their Ohio affiliate totaling upwards of $870,000. The fines owed to the state from her organization as a result of those actions amount to some $5.3 million, and have yet to be paid.  

“For much of our nation’s history, access to a quality public education has been the great equalizer – empowering all citizens to have a shot at a better life for themselves and their families. There’s no investment more important than those we make in our children.” Congressman Ryan said. “They are our future and will be responsible for the next wave of economic, scientific, and cultural achievement. It is for this reason that I raise the strongest possible objection to the nomination of Betsy DeVos to become the next leader of the Department of Education. We need someone at the Department of Education who believes that public education is a universal right for everyone regardless of race, creed or sexual orientation.”

Congressman Ryan also added, “Beyond her unacceptable views on the role public education has in our society, the American people expect more from their highest officials. She should immediately pay the fines owed to Ohio after she broke our state’s election laws, and do everything necessary to submit the proper financial and ethical disclosures to the U.S. Senate. To this point she’s made little to no effort to do either. I cannot in good conscience support her ascent to lead this important department in the incoming administration.”