November 23, 2016
Statement by Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director and CEO, National School Boards Association, on the appointment of Betsy DeVos, U.S. Department of Education secretary nominee
Education is a civil right and is necessary to the dignity and freedom of the American people. It is our legal and moral responsibility to provide a high-quality and equitable education to all students regardless of their circumstances, background, means, or place of birth.
The investment we make in our public schools determines the future of our children and our nation. While there are a number of important issues, we can’t let education fall off the public policy radar and risk shortchanging our nation’s 50 million public schoolchildren. Education is the foundation of our society as our public schools provide the educated, innovative, and prepared workforce of tomorrow.
Education is a key part of the solution to every challenge facing the country and the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and the more than 90,000 school board members are ready to work with Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education to ensure every child has an opportunity to realize their potential.
NSBA looks forward to working with Ms. DeVos and the staff at the Education Department to get the ESSA regulatory effort back on the right track.