Sunday, February 5, 2017

Liverpool Central School District Opposes Nominee for
U.S. Secretary of Education

It is the mission, vision and the goal of the Liverpool Central School District, our administrative team, our teachers all of our staff members to provide all Liverpool students with an education that enables a high level of academic success ensuring that all students become well-rounded and contributing members of global society. Recognizing the importance of this charge, the district joins with members of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, the New York State School Boards Association and several members of the New York State Senate and U.S. Senators across the nation in expressing strong opposition to the confirmation of President Trump’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.
I believe that the comments and opinions expressed by Ms. DeVos during the confirmation hearing(s) have had a negative and polarizing effect leading potentially to a detrimental impact on the educational community.  Further,  Ms. DeVos’ lack of experience in the field leaves one of our nation’s most valuable assets . . . public education . . . highly vulnerable and realistically jeopardized with an unsure and likely fragile future.
I believe the appropriate individual who is confirmed to serve in this capacity should be an individual who possesses a depth and breadth of knowledge in educational law, practices and instructional standards, on both the state and federal levels, to ensure proper oversight and directional advancements of our nation’s educational system. I do not believe Ms. DeVos meets these criteria.  As leader of the Liverpool School community, I respectfully oppose her appointment and advocate for a professional who will lead the charge in protecting and overseeing the public system we value and have in place.

Dr. Mark F. Potter
Superintendent of Schools

Liverpool Central School District