Here is a statement just issued from COPAA on the vote for Betsey DeVos.
Today, in response to the U.S. Senate’s vote on the nomination of Elisabeth ‘Betsy’ DeVos as Secretary of Education, Denise Marshall, executive director for the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) issued the following statement:
“Today is a troubling day for our country and our children. The vote to confirm Mrs. DeVos as Secretary of Education leaves us deeply concerned about the future of our nation’s children with disabilities. In January, and throughout the process, COPAA has asked that the nominee be committed to: ensuring excellence in education for all children; safeguarding protections and enforcing State compliance and accountability in all federal education laws; combatting discrimination in voucher and charter school programs; and, curtailing the overuse of exclusionary disciplinary practices, especially seclusion, restraint. Unfortunately, the full commitment needed is not there yet. We stand ready to help the new Secretary to understand and implement her responsibilities under federal law and respect the true needs of students with disabilities and their families in every action she takes. Parents and families of students with disabilities are resilient and no strangers to doing whatever it takes to protect their children.”
Marshall concluded, “COPAA will continue to fight to protect the rights of students with disabilities and we will work with Secretary DeVos and her staff to get the best possible outcomes for our children. They deserve this commitment and we will settle for no less.”