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DeVos is unfit for the job

Eric Heins, president of the California Teachers Assn., is backed by hundreds of union members at a rally in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday where he called for the rejection of Betsy DeVos.

Three generations of my family joined hundreds of thousands of others at the Women's March on Washington to resist the reactionary agenda of President Donald Trump.

We were there to mobilize not only for women's rights but also for immigrants, people of color, the LGBTQ community, families and the future of our children.

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As an educator and parent of children in the Baltimore City public schools, I think President Trump's nominee for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, is particularly unfit for the job.

Ms. DeVos is no friend of public education, has never attended a public school and has never sent her children to a public institution.

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Her appalling lack of knowledge about educational policy and laws, which was apparent in her first confirmation hearing, and her lack of experience in any school setting make her unqualified for the post.

Her plans to privatize education through a voucher system would deprive students of a public education, and her hostility toward teachers unions is something we should oppose.

What we need in education is someone who has teaching experience, especially in marginalized neighborhoods. What we need is someone who cares about children from many diverse backgrounds. What we need is someone who supports teachers and doesn't try to bust the unions.

Above all, what we need are educators who care about the lives of all children, teachers and families.

Kate Walsh-Little, Baltimore

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