Devos Oppostion

The following letter has been submitted to both Rubio and Nelson:



Devos is not acceptable as Secretary of Education

I am writing you to ask that you vote against Ms. DeVos as Secretary of Education. Her opposition to public education is well documented and her determination to use taxpayer funds for private, including parochial, schools is unacceptable.

In an opinion piece published in the New York Times by Katherine Stewart (Dec. 13, 2016), she states that “At a 2001 gathering of conservative Christian philanthropists, she (DeVos) singled out education reform as a way to ‘advance God’s kingdom.’ In an interview, she and her husband, Richard DeVos Jr., said that school choice would lead to ‘great kingdom gain.’”

Why I care:
It’s in the U.S. constitution (First Amendment) – “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; …”

It’s in the Florida Constitution (Article I Declaration of Rights, Section 3) – “There shall be no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting or penalizing the free exercise thereof…”

Per Justice Felix Frankfurter:
“Designed to serve as perhaps the most powerful agency for promoting cohesion among a heterogeneous democratic people, the public school must keep scrupulously free from entanglement in the strife of sects. The public school is at once the symbol of our democracy and the most pervasive means for promoting our common destiny. In no activity of the State is it more vital to keep out divisive forces than in its schools.”