CTNJ/Opinion: Governor, it’s time to stop dropping bombs and start constructive conversations

Sarah Darer Littman

Sarah Darer Littman

Sarah Darer Littman is an award-winning columnist and novelist of books for teens. A former securities analyst, she’s now an adjunct in the MFA program at WCSU (and as such is an AAUP member), and enjoys helping young people discover the power of finding their voice as an instructor at the Writopia Lab.

This week, Betsy DeVos, despite her terrifying ignorance of the fact that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is a federal law that it will be her job to enforce, was confirmed as Secretary of Education thanks to the tie-breaking vote of Vice-President Mike Pence.

Anti-DeVos calls jammed Senate phone lines. Two Republican senators who crossed party lines to vote against confirmation, Sens. Lisa Murkowski R-Alaska and Susan Collins, R-Maine, both said they did so because of pressure from constituents. But for the rest of the Republican senators responsible for DeVos’ confirmation, her political donations spoke more loudly than the voices of their constituents.

As award-winning author and National Board Certified teacher Kate Messner put it: “Today should be remembered as the day 50 Republican Senators and the VP chose money & politics over children.”

Read the full story at CT News Junkie.

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