The deans offered four guiding principles for officials:
- Uphold the role of public schools as a central institution in the strengthening of our democracy
- Protect the human and civil rights of all children and youth, especially those from historically marginalized communities
- Develop and implement policies, laws and reform initiatives by building on a democratic vision for public education and on sound educational research
- Support and partner with colleges and schools of education to advance these goals.
DeVos was supposed to go have a Senate confirmation hearing on Jan. 11, but it was postponed until next week because the Office of Government Ethics had not finished its review of her financial holdings and potential conflicts of interest.
Here’s the full letter: