Sec. DeVos’ 3-year anniversary: FE Coalition encourages a focus on “quality” and “readiness”

(originally published on The Christian Post under “Betsy DeVos after 3 years: What Hispanic evangelicals have to say”)

We all witnessed the greater level of attention given to Senate confirmation hearings at the beginning of President Trump’s tenure.

If you were to ask the average pastor, parent, or schoolteacher to name the Secretary of Education before 2017 hardly any could tell you. It all changed when President Trump selected Betsy DeVos, a wealthy Michigan-based education advocate known for her support of school choice, voucher programs, and charter schools and the newly inaugurated President Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Education (ED).

Whether the political left was unfair to vehemently oppose Sec. DeVos or whether the political right was correct to receive her so emphatically, is irrelevant to the Hispanic Evangelical community that I represent. As the director of the Faith and Education Coalition (FE Coalition) of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference that represents over 40,000 Hispanic evangelical churches, and as a minister with the Assemblies of God’s Texas Louisiana Hispanic District, I can attest that Hispanic evangelicals care about Sec. DeVos and ED’s work particularly in public education. On the three-year anniversary of Sec. DeVos appointment, we evaluate her commitment to promoting access to high quality public education within the Hispanic community.

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Forward and higher in Christ,

Rev. Girien R. Salazar
Executive Director, FE Coalition