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NEA Head Says Union Can’t Work With Trump and DeVos

July 9, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Boston, MA - National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García told the union’s annual assembly July 3 that it would be impossible to work with either President Donald Trump or Education Secretary Betsy DeVos because “we will not find common ground with an administration that is cruel and callous to our children and their families.”

Eskelsen García said Trump resided “at the dangerous intersection of arrogance and ignorance” and called DeVos “the queen of for-profit privatization of public education.” While the union “will find common ground with many Republicans and many Democrats on many issues,” she continued, “I will not allow the National Education Association to be used by Donald Trump or Betsy DeVos. I do not trust their motives. I do not believe their alternative facts. I see no reason to assume they will do what is best for our students and their families. There will be no photo op.” Read more
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