John Jackson Statement on Betsy DeVos


Contact: Shawna Ellis


On January 19, Schott Foundation for Public Education President and CEO Dr. John H. Jackson released a statement on President-elect Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos for U.S. Education Secretary, titled “Our Next Secretary of Education Should Know Education”:

As Americans we celebrate the ideal that a freely elected president may appoint, with the advice and consent of the Senate, anyone capable of carrying out his or her vision for the future of our nation. To the victor go the spoils. However, in this week’s first hearing of Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, it became immediately clear DeVos lacks even the most basic knowledge and capabilities required for the responsibility of U.S. Secretary of Education.

The DeVos Senate confirmation hearing did little to inspire confidence that she can competently serve as the chief of our nation’s public education system. In fact, the hearing laid bare astonishing deficits in DeVos’s understanding of the obligations and authority of the Department of Education.

Read the entire statement here


About the Schott Foundation for Public Education: The Schott Foundation was started as a private family foundation rooted in a commitment to high-quality education for all young people. Over the past 25 years, Schott has transitioned into a public charity and become a national leader in social justice philanthropy, promoting equity in public education for all students, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or zip code.