Ontario’s Wynne Government must take decisive stand and bar Trump’s Education Secretary from future classroom visits in the province

‘Betsy DeVos serves as Education Secretary under U.S. President Donald Trump and is unapologetic in her advocacy for “school choice” voucher programs that take public dollars away from public schools.’

A Message from Ontario’s New Deomcratic Party

Posted October 5th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Devos shares a warm moment with Trump at an event in Washington, D.C. last spring

Queen’s Park, Ontario —Amid mounting pressure, a plan to have U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visit Ontario schools was cancelled this October 4th, but Ontario New Democrats say that the Wynne government’s plan to welcome her to visit at a more convenient time is not sending the appropriate message.

“We don’t know why this trip was cancelled at the last minute,” said Ontario NDP Education critic Peggy Sattler. “But for a government spokesperson to say she’ll be invited back when it suits her is not sending our kids the right message.”

“Families need their government to take a decisive stance against trans exclusion and gender-based violence and make it clear that’s not welcome in our schools. They need to hear that anyone seeking to divert public education dollars to private schools won’t get an audience with decision makers in this province.”

DeVos serves as Education Secretary under U.S. President Donald Trump and is unapologetic in her advocacy for “school choice” voucher programs that take public dollars away from public schools and give them to private schools, instead.”

“Since her appointment as education secretary, DeVos has repealed Obama-era guidelines allowing gender-neutral washrooms in schools and gutted policies on handling sexual assault cases at colleges.

“New Democrats will continue to stand with families and education advocates in speaking out against anyone who threatens strong publicly-funded education,” added Sattler.

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