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Betsy DeVos Will Not Impede Our Progress

February 7, 2017

MEDIA CONTACT: Katie Smith, Communications Director, 213-406-9158

Advancement Project California’s Response to the Confirmation of Betsy DeVos

Media Advisory: K-12 Water Cooler and Equity conference – scheduled for February 22 and 23.

Los Angeles – U.S. high school graduation rates are hitting historic highs, test scores are improving and dropout rates are dropping. APCA and our partners will continue to work diligently to assure that the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as US Secretary of Education does not put our children’s progress in jeopardy.

The Secretary of Education bears the tremendous responsibility of protecting the education rights of students by executing federal education laws. The Secretary’s decisions will have real impact on student outcomes. In 2015, Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as the Every Student Success Act (ESSA) on a bipartisan basis. Per ESSA, federal education dollars must support the schools and students who need resources the most.

APCA will continue to work closely with other education leaders to ensure that the new Secretary of Education is implementing and enforcing ESSA provisions to ensure students of color, low-income students, English learners, students with disabilities and historically marginalized students receive the necessary resources for strong educational outcomes.

APCA invites media as education leaders continue this discussion at the upcoming K-12 Water Cooler and Equity conference – scheduled for February 22 and 23.

Advancement Project is a next generation, multiracial civil rights organization. In California, we champion the struggle for greater equity and opportunity for all, fostering upward mobility in communities most impacted by economic and racial injustice. We build alliances and trust, use data-driven policy solutions, create innovative tools, and work alongside communities to ignite social transformation!

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