WASHINGTON – The High School Democrats of America (HSDA), a leading progressive student group with more than 500 chapters in nearly every state, encouraged its 7,500+ members to flood Senators with last-minute phone calls voicing opposition to Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s pick for Education Secretary, ahead of tomorrow’s scheduled U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee vote.
The student-run organization will highlight DeVos’s controversial history on social media with a series of informational graphics; HSDA’s digital publication, The Progressive Teen, also released a list of seven reasons to oppose her confirmation on Sunday.
“Betsy DeVos is the worst possible choice for Education Secretary and if confirmed will put the rights of countless high school students at risk,” HSDA National Communications Director Andrew Peng and Press Director Joshua Dantzler said in a statement. “Her staunch support for unregulated, for-profit charter schools, her dangerous lack of knowledge about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), her disturbing absence of experience with public schools, and the fact that her family has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to advance harmful GOP causes make her unfit for the job.”
“The voices of our generation deserve to be heard, and to put it bluntly, we are alarmed,” they added. “We urge the Senate to soundly reject her confirmation.”
High School Democrats of America (HSDA) is a national political organization that serves as an entry point to Democratic politics for youth activists from across the country. Members made more than 100,000 calls, knocked on nearly 45,000 doors, and registered nearly 6,000 voters in the 2016 election cycle.
High School Democrats of America (HSDA) is an independent youth advocacy group and is not affiliated with the Democratic National Committee or the Young Democrats of America. For more information about the organization, please visit www.hsdems.org.