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Open Letter of Support for Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education

Tallahassee, Fla. – More than 70 leaders and organizations, including the Foundation for Excellence in Education, have joined the following open letter to show their support for Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education.

Betsy DeVos is an undisputed champion of families and students. For nearly 30 years she has devoted time and resources to improving education options for our nation’s children. Yet millions still languish in failing schools in an education system more than a century old. It’s time for a new vision.

Betsy DeVos provides that vision. She embraces innovation, endorses accountability and—most especially—trusts parents to choose what is in their unique child’s best interests. She also believes in providing every parent with the resources and choices to pursue those decisions.

On this week, National School Choice Week, we the undersigned endorse this champion of choice and the education reforms needed to improve the future of every child in America. And we strongly advocate for her confirmation as our next U.S. Secretary of Education.


Jeff Atwater, Chief Financial Officer, State of Florida
State Representative Robert Behning, Indiana
State Representative Michael Bileca, Florida
State Representative Buzz Brockway, Georgia
State Representative Wes Cantrell, Georgia
State Representative David Clark, Georgia
State Representative Kim Coleman, Utah
State Representative Manny Diaz, Jr., Florida
Steve Durham, Member, Colorado State Board of Education
Lt. Governor Dan Forest, North Carolina
State Senator Dolores Gresham, Tennessee
State Senator Don Gustavson, Nevada
State Senator Joe Hardy, Nevada
State Senator Owen Hill, Colorado
State Representative Paul Lundeen, Colorado
Pam Mazanec, Member, Colorado State Board of Education
Adam Putnam, Commissioner of Agriculture, State of Florida
State Senator Michael Roberson, Nevada
State Representative Rebecca Roeber, Missouri
State Representative Ed Setzler, Georgia
State Representative Valencia Stovall, Georgia

Agudath Israel of America-Washington Office
Alabama Federation for Children
American Association of Christian Schools
Arizona Federation for Children
Frederick Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute*
American Federation for Children
Americans for Prosperity
Americans for Prosperity-Arizona
Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Arizona Charter Schools Association
Black Alliance for Educational Options
Business Council of Alabama
Center for Arizona Policy
Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri (CEAM)
Civitas-North Carolina
Educate Nebraska
Empower Mississippi
Foundation for Excellence in Education
Florida Charter School Alliance
Florida Coalition of School Board Members
Georgia Charter Schools Association
Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP)
Hispanic CREO
Idaho Charter School Network
Independence Institute
Independent Women’s Voice
Institute for Better Education
Institute for Quality Education
Jeffersonian Project
Louisiana Association of Business & Industry
Louisiana Federation for Children
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Maggie’s List
Missouri Education Reform Council (MERC)
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Parents for Choice in Education
Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC)
Pennsylvania Coalition for Public Charter Schools
Public School Options
Ready Colorado
Reason Foundation
Rio Grande Foundation
Tennessee Federation for Children
Texans for Education Opportunity
The Center for Education Reform
The Libre Initiative
Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wisconsin Federation for Children

*Signing as an individual. AEI as the organization does not take a stance on such matters.