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The One Where I Voice an Opinion

I can’t go silently into the night. I cannot sit by as history is about to be made….and I fully intend to be on the right side of history, here.

If you have any desire to see public schools succeed and function over the next 4 years, I implore you to write and/or call  the HELP Committee, as well as to your state senators. Tell them that you do not support Betsy DeVos as the next Secretary of Education, and that you encourage him or her to vote NO when it is time to cast a vote for her appointment approval.

If you don’t do it for your children, do it for mine, and those like mine. Jake and Tate both rely on IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) to receive a FREE and APPROPRIATE education. The IDEA holds public institutions accountable to provide interventions and accommodations and modifications so that my children can access the curriculum.

Ms. DeVos apparently has no idea that this is a FEDERAL law that needs to be enforced at the FEDERAL (NOT THE STATE) level.

Today I called and/or emailed every single member of the HELP Committee. Below is my script. It wasn’t easy. I was pushed way out of my comfort zone. BUT I did it. For them. My two amazing boys who work so damn hard every day to just get through the rigors of school.

“Hello, my name is Lisa and I’m a citizen of the state of ______. Two of my children depend on the IDEA to ensure that they have a Free and Appropriate Education. It is clear through watching the hearings for Mrs. DeVos that she is unaware of how IDEA should be enforced, as well as unaware of other issues that face our public schools and educators.

Please let Senator _________ know that I encourage him/her strongly to vote NO when it is time to approve Mrs. DeVos’s appointment to the role of Secretary of Education.

Thank you!”

Here is the list of the committee. Act now. Like Martin Luther King Junior said, “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things with greatness.”

Alexander, Lamar (TN),Chairman
Phone: (202) 224-4944
Enzi, Michael B. (WY)
Phone: (202) 224-3424
Burr, Richard (NC)
(202) 224-3154
Isakson, Johnny (GA)
(202) 224 – 3643
Paul, Rand (KY)
202-224-4343
Collins, Susan M. (ME)
(202) 224 – 2523
Cassidy, Bill (LA)
(202) 224-5824
Young, Todd (IN)
(202) 224 – 5623
Hatch, Orrin G. (UT)
(202) 224-5251
Roberts, Pat (KS)
202-224-4774
Murkowski, Lisa (AK)
(202)-224-6665
Scott, Tim (SC)
(202) 224-6121
Murray, Patty (WA), Ranking Member
(202) 224-2621
Sanders, Bernard (VT)
(202) 224-5141
Casey, Robert P. (PA)
(202) 224-6324
Franken, Al (MN)
(202) 224-5641
Bennet, Michael F. (CO)
202-224-5852
Whitehouse, Sheldon (RI)
(202) 224-2921
Baldwin, Tammy (WI)
(202) 224-5653
Murphy, Christopher (CT)
(202) 224-4041
Warren, Elizabeth (MA)
(202) 224-4543
Kaine, Tim (VA)
(202) 224-4024
Hassan, Margaret Wood (NH)
(202) 224-3324

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