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Last week Secretary Betsy DeVos appeared before the U.S. House of Representatives. It did not go well. Watch the video below. You won't be disappointed, but you might be horrified by DeVos' defense of fraud, waste, and the abuse of taxpayer dollars.

We must stop DeVos' proposal to use nearly a half billion dollars to start up new for-profit charter schools. $1,000,000,000 spent on fraudulent and failing charters that never open, or open and close, is already too much.

Please take a moment to call the following Senators and tell them to support public education, not private for-profit charter schools.

Thank you, Rep. Moffie Funk Executive Director, Montanans Organized for Education

Sen. Durbin 202-224-2152

Sen. Reed 202-224-4642

Sen. Shaheen 202-224-2841

Sen. Merkley 202-224-3753

Sen. Schatz 202-224-3934

Sen. Baldwin 202-224-5653

Sen. Murphy 202-224-4041

Sen. Manchin 202-224-3954

Montanans love their public schools. They educate our children and grandchildren, they provide essential resources to kids in need, and they are the centers of our communities.

Unfortunately, some politicians think our public schools should be cash cows for their wealthy friends. They want to sell off our Montana schools and make us look like Indiana and Michigan -- states that have privatized their school systems with horrible results for students, parents, and taxpayers.

Montanans Organized for Education (MOFE) is committed to halting the sale of Montana's schools and preventing the diversion of public dollars to private for-profit institutions.Will you send a love letter to Montana's public schools by making a donation?Your donation helps us monitor and fight school privatization schemes in Montana.

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Betsy DeVos has been the Secretary of Education for three years, making her one of President Trump’s longest-serving Cabinet members. Can you believe it? Actually, it probably feels like it's been longer than three years. 

Here are four ways DeVos has been bad for public education in America.

#4 DeVos is trying to cut the Department of Education to the bone. 

  • She's pushed to cut the Department of Education's budget by $9 billion.

  • She's proposed cuts to funding for civil rights investigations, after-school and school lunch programs, and even the Special Olympics.

  • She's recommended eliminating the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, which provides high-quality after-school programs to students nationwide.

#3 DeVos has rolled back rules to protect women, LGBTQ students, and students of color.

  • She's made it harder for victims of sexual assault to seek justice by changing campus sexual assault policies.

  • Under her watch, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has become less likely to stop discrimination.

#2 DeVos has made the student debt crisis worse.

  • She's made it easier for companies to engage in deceptive collection practices.

  • She's made it easier for for-profit colleges to defraud students by repealing the gainful employment rule.

  • She didn’t honor our commitment to 99% of the students who were enrolled in the loan forgiveness program.

#1 DeVos has diverted public funds to private schools instead of strengthening public schools.

  • She's routinely proposed expanding voucher and charter programs that steal money from public schools with little track record of student success. 

  • She’s proposed giving tax dollars to private schools that have discriminatory practices against LGBTQ+ students and students with special needs.

In case you forgot, Vice President Mike Pence had to cast a tie-breaking vote to confirm DeVos after she got more “no” votes than any education secretary nominee in U.S. history.

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