Teacher Union Attack on DeVos "Outrageous and Contradictory," CER Founder & CEO Jeanne Allen Says

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Today's attack on Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos by the president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, was a "partisan rant by the leader of the first national union to endorse the Democratic nominee in the last election, and they lost," said Jeanne Allen, Founder and CEO of the Center for Education Reform.

Jeanne Allen, the founder and CEO of The Center for Education Reform, today released the following statement in response to American Federation of Teacher's President Randi Weingarten's remarks at the National Press Club this morning criticizing Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos:

"Today's attack on Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos by the president of the American Federation of Teachers was a partisan rant by the leader of the first national union to endorse the Democratic nominee in the last election, and they lost."

AFT President Randi Weingarten accused DeVos, who has played a major role in the expansion of charter schools in her home state of Michigan and in dozens of other states, of being "anti-public-education."

"But charter schools are public schools, they're just not the kinds of public schools that the AFT likes. For the head of an organization that purports to represent teachers by attempting to create fear among them is outrageous and contradictory. She claims that an agenda that promotes school options is anti-public education. The only thing anti-public education is those who oppose educating the public in any way that best suits the needs of its students.

“That’s what the teachers unions have become — a proverbial straw man against anything except the status quo. Their language and rhetoric should be rebuffed by every American teacher who cares about their classroom and their kids."

About the Center for Education Reform
Founded in 1993, the Center for Education Reform aims to expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans — particularly our youth — ensuring that the conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom and flexibility throughout U.S. education.

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