Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Leery of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos; Vows to Hold Her Accountable for Strengthening Public Education System for All Students

Feb 7, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) expressed caution and concern after Betsy DeVos squeaked through her Senate confirmation process to become the next Secretary of Education following a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence. DeVos’ confirmation marked the first time in U.S. history where the Vice President was called in to break a 50-50 tie in the Senate for a presidential cabinet nominee. 

“Ms. DeVos has alarmed many of us who value the public school system and believe that every child has a right to high quality education regardless of their zip code, their native language, or the wealth of their parents. As someone who believes that we have a particular duty to invest in those students who are most at-risk of being left behind by society, I vow to hold Ms. DeVos accountable if she attempts to enact policy that would negatively impact low-income students, children of color, students with disabilities or children who speak English as a Second Language.

“I am extremely wary of an Education Secretary, charged with overseeing our nation’s public education system, who has spent much of her career pushing for private school vouchers using public funds and charter schools without proper accountability and transparency. As someone who knows firsthand the role that a quality education can play in changing the course of one’s life, I will do everything in my power to ensure that the policies coming out of the Department of Education benefit all of our children. And when those policies fail to live up to that promise, I will speak out forcefully and frequently to hold Ms. DeVos’ feet to the fire.”