Last Thursday, I was surprised and pleased to find an email from Senator Tester. I had called Sen. Tester earlier in the week asking him to please oppose the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. I would like to thank him for his response, and more so, for his decision to oppose her nomination.
As a public school teacher in Butte, I had many concerns after finding out about DeVos’ nomination ranging from her preference for funding private schools over public schools, to her inability to directly answer questions regarding equal accountability.
In Montana, public schools are vital and need support and funding. Sen. Tester expressed the same thoughts. Sen. Tester has multi-leveled experience in public education and knows Montana, and I am glad that he is representing Montana in the confirmation vote.
— Ashley Johnson, Butte