For Immediate Release
February 8, 2017
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
The Senate Has Failed Public Education and Our Children’s’ Future
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party is deeply disappointed that the U.S. Senate placed partisan politics over our children’s education by confirming an unqualified, incompetent, and anti-public education proponent to lead the U.S. Education Department.
Betsy Devos’s confirmation is a slap in the face to parents and students that attend public schools throughout the United States, but particularly here in Oklahoma. Not one of our Senators stood up for Oklahoma public school children by denouncing Devos’s inexperience in public education knowing that our state is facing a public education crisis and is one of the lowest in the nation for teacher’s pay, and per pupil spending.
How can Oklahomans have confidence in our Senators’ interests to represent our constituents if they are focused on playing for-profit-politics with our children’s future? The Senate has failed public education by confirming a secretary more interested in diverting public funds into private education and who doesn’t understand the needs and challenges that our public school teachers and students face daily.
The mission of the Oklahoma Democratic Party is to represent working people in Oklahoma and the best way to accomplish that is to elect Democrats to all areas of government. Oklahoma Democrats are progressive and sensible. We are optimistic about the future, and we are determined to see Oklahoma’s traditional values upheld. More information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party can be found at www.okdlive.wpengine.com or by calling (405) 427-3366.