Levin Applauds Amicus Brief in Opposition of DeVos Private School Rule

September 11, 2020
Press Release

WARREN, MI – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Vice Chair of the House Education & Labor Committee, today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives filed an amicus brief in the case of Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. v. Betsy DeVos, opposing the Department of Education’s illegal attempt to divert CARES Act money from public schools to private schools:

“For months, health experts, parents, educators, and students have pleaded with Secretary Betsy DeVos and this administration to take this virus seriously and give our schools the resources they need so our children and educators could return to school this fall.

Instead, Secretary DeVos seized this moment of crisis to continue her war against our public schools that we have suffered under for years here in Michigan, issuing a rule that would divert emergency CARES Act money – passed on a bipartisan basis – from our most vulnerable public schools and channel it to affluent private schools. This was never the intent of Congress. If the rule goes into effect, Michigan public school students would lose over $40 million in funding. That means fewer resources for the 90 percent of Michigan students who attend public schools.

As Vice Chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor Committee, I am proud that the U.S. House of Representatives and Speaker Nancy Pelosi took decisive action with this amicus brief opposing Secretary DeVos’s rule for the fourth pending suit on this issue. In each of the other three cases, federal courts have sided with the plaintiffs against Secretary Devos’s rule. Our justice system has been clear: Secretary DeVos’s rule is illegal.”