|For Immediate Release|
July 2, 2020
"And it’s especially sickening that, in the middle of a national reckoning over race, when poor schools are in desperate need of funds to reopen safely, DeVos hijacks the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act to shift support away from where it’s needed most.
"In the next stimulus package, Congress needs to reject this thought bubble and prioritize public schools that are open to all children, not failed 'choice' schemes that split us along racial, ethnic and religious lines. We need more money, not less, for physical distancing, staggered classes, personal protective equipment, and testing, tracing and isolation.
“DeVos' craven attempts to divide and privatize would be laughable if the stakes weren't so high."
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