I have no doubt that Betsy DeVos sincerely cares about children, but it is clear that she lacks the experience and understanding to be an effective Secretary of Education. That individual holds the sacred job of ensuring that every child in America gets the resources and support they deserve regardless of their income, background, or educational needs. Mrs. DeVos has shown no evidence of her commitment to be the torch bearer for both excellence and equity. Her ideology and dogmatic approach communicates a lack of understanding and appreciation of the challenges we face and the depth of solutions they demand. Our young people deserve an Education Secretary who has the courage, competence, and commitment to orient our mighty education system to build opportunity for all. They cannot afford to wait four years for their chance at the American Dream.
While the Senate engages in partisan squabbles, millions of American kids attend schools that are foreclosing on their future from the start, and millions of American teachers are not adequately supported in their work. As a superintendent of an urban school district, the last thing I wanted was the federal government telling me what to do. But I believe we have a profound national interest to ensure that more than only 9 out of 100 kids born into poverty are able to obtain a college degree. We also have a profound national interest to attract the next 1.5 million teachers to teach, especially in our high poverty schools in our cities and rural communities. There is nothing in conversations with Betsy DeVos, or in her experience in Michigan or Detroit, that gives me confidence that she can lead us in the direction we need, which is to ensure that every kid in America has access to high-quality education, whether or not they are born into wealth. That is why I will vote against this nomination. Click here to watch my full remarks: https://youtu.be/ueBy3ckM_R0
There is no debate. Climate change is real. And the world cannot wait for the Trump Administration to stop ignoring the science. For the sake of science, facts, our climate, and good-paying American jobs, I am compelled to vote against Scott Pruitt's nomination to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Watch my full remarks here: https://youtu.be/DSah2IGqZVw Read my full remarks here: https://medium.com/@SenBennetCO/there-is-no-debate-climate-change-is-real-188bf49f3963#.jqihn3ycc