Paliga: Burr and Tillis – “F” for FAIL

I am outraged that Senators Burr and Tillis’ votes for Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos have thrown North Carolina’s children under the bus – the school bus. Senator Tillis even served as PTA President for his daughter’s High School, but that didn’t stop him from putting in office an unqualified – but filthy rich – nominee who many believe is hostile to public education. And let it be made clear this is not proof of supporting women in leadership – both Tillis and Burr have blocked well qualified African-American nominees like Loretta Lynch, Jennifer May Parker and Patricia Timmons-Goodsen.


DeVos has no personal experience in public education, not as student, parent, teacher or administration. In fact, she has worked to undermine public education, spending more than two decades promoting taxpayer-subsidized vouchers for private and parochial school tuition and promoting publicly funded but privately run charter schools. She also tried to strip teacher unions of their influence. 

In addition to her lack of experience, DeVos’ performance at the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearings demonstrated her ignorance of many crucial education programs. She knew nothing of important programs such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Title IX equal education protections, and enforcement of policies related to sexual harassment and sexual assault on campus.  

According to ““North Carolina Senators vote to confirm DeVos for federal education secretary,” 2/7/17, “Both Burr’s and Tillis’ offices had been inundated with calls asking them to vote against DeVos.” NOW members made some of these calls to point out how grossly unqualified or even dangerous DeVos would be as Education Secretary.

Let me speak for North Carolina’s children, whose educational opportunities will be stunted by Burr and Tillis’ refusal to properly vet Trump’s nominees – their grade is a big red “F” in a large red circle.

When are your next town hall meetings, Senators Burr and Tillis?

-Gailya Paliga, President NC National Organization for Women


p.s Burr and/or Tillis have a long history of blocking and even stonewalling qualified African American Women, especially Burr. Rob Schofield and others at NCJC wrote plenty more articles about this.

Senator Burr Blocks Another Black Female From 10 Year Judicial Vacancy –

#DoYourJob Senators Burr and Tillis! –

Senators Burr and Tillis and the Politics of Obstruction –

Intent vs. Impact, speech on anti-abortion language in JVTA and blocking qualified women –

Tell our Senators to stop playing politics with our next US Attorney General –

and more..

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