Special Needs Families React to Betsy DeVos Being Confirmed Education Secretary
On Tuesday, the Senate voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of the Department of Education. DeVos had a contentious nomination process with many parents, educators and democratic lawmakers opposing her based on her lack of education credentials and limited understanding of federal protections for students with disabilities.
Tuesday’s final Senate vote was tied 50-50, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote in favor of DeVos. As news of DeVos’ confirmation spread, parents of children with disabilities, students, educators and families took to social media to share their thoughts.
Here’s what they have to say:
As a parent of a child on the autism spectrum, I am horrified by @BetsyDeVos confirmation and what it means for my child.
— Carole Tedesco (@CeeLoTee) February 7, 2017
My nephews are on the Autism spectrum.Finding schools that work w/them and provide services is https://t.co/Y34LU42uuc we have Betsy DeVos ????
— ChristianaMarie (@Christianax_x) February 7, 2017
I am the parent of a child with autism. He’s high functioning and doesn’t need an IEP anymore. My heart breaks for all that do. #BetsyDeVos
— ????Rob™ (@robin_says_rawr) February 7, 2017
Having siblings with severe special needs, my family is directly hurt by @BetsyDeVos nomination. Congrats you unqualified selfish liar
— Davey Nelson (@_daveynelson) February 7, 2017
@BetsyDeVos Congratulations! Question: I have 3 children w/ special needs – how will you protect IDEA for mine & millions more students?
— Incognita (@IncognitaFun) February 7, 2017
— JYKWong (@Teacher_JYKWong) February 7, 2017
— Ken Smoller (@ksmoller) February 7, 2017
— Maryanne Bufford (@NCLighthouse105) February 7, 2017
— Scott Reagan (@theupgrade4l) February 7, 2017
— Lisa Salerno Artist (@LisaKSalerno) February 7, 2017
Really excited to see how Betsy DeVos will work tirelessly to destroy how my child with special needs can get an education
— Jacob Harris (@harrisj) February 7, 2017
— Emily Cooper (@emmcooper42) February 7, 2017
— (((Jennifer Tidd))) (@JenniTidd) February 7, 2017
Dear Betsy DeVos,
If you screw this up, you’re going to have to answer to one very pissed off woman with Autism.
— Marta Rusek (@martarusek) February 7, 2017
— Moose ???? (@RunItsHer) February 7, 2017
— Rese P. (@january_99) February 7, 2017
Unless of course that child has autism, like my son. Today he was deemed disposable, because he is not profitable.
— Bryce Hansen (@Rev_Bryce) February 7, 2017
@BetsyDeVos as the mother of a child with autism, I implore you to educate yourself on the IDEA.
— Nancy Burrows (@nancyb813) February 7, 2017