Growing up, I knew I wanted to be a teacher.
I only started having that dream when my second-grade teacher, Mrs. Lee, told me it was possible and changed my whole world. That’s what a great teacher can do: make a mark that runs deep on a child’s life.
But that meant I’d need a college diploma. Our family didn’t have the money to pay for it. But I didn’t give up on my dream.
There were lots of bumps and wrong turns along the way, but I got my second chance at a public commuter college that cost $50 a semester and opened a million doors for me.
I got my degree and I got to live my dream: I became a teacher for students with special needs.
My story was only possible because America invested in kids. That just isn’t true today. But I’ve got a plan to make sure we build a future with opportunity for all of our kids.
First, we need to make sure the Department of Education actually works for our students and our educators.
I’ll just be blunt: Betsy DeVos is the worst Secretary of Education we’ve seen. She and her team are up to their eyeballs in conflicts of interest. Instead of championing our students, they protect for-profit colleges that break the law and cheat them.
So I’m making this pledge to you: In my administration, the Secretary of Education will be a former public school teacher who is committed to public education.
Add your name if you agree that we need to replace Betsy DeVos with someone who actually fights for our kids and the people who teach our kids.