The Capital Region’s two biggest school districts – Schenectady and Albany – have taken formal positions opposing President Donald Trump’s Education Secretary appointee, Betsy DeVos.
The two district school boards passed near-identical resolutions last month opposing DeVos, a charter school advocate from Michigan named to be the nation’s top education post. The resolutions point to DeVos’ lack of experience working in public schools and her support for charter schools as disqualifying.
The Schenectady resolution called DeVos “a candidate apparently lacking any credential as an educator,” and said charter schools and voucher programs “by their very nature eviscerate free and appropriate public education” for students in certain racial and socio-economic groups.
“I think you will find that not just Mrs. DeVos will be lacking any credentials under this administration,” Schenectady School Board member Tanya Hull said when the board passed its resolution at a Jan. 18 meeting.
The Albany School Board passed its resolution Monday night. Albany Board President Sue Adler said DeVos “has waged a personal war against public education.”
Carl Korn, of New York State United Teachers, said about 30 districts statewide had adopted similar resolutions as of Tuesday. The state’s biggest teachers union, NYSUT, opposed DeVos’ appointment as well.