August 27, 2019 Press Release

REPORT: The McSally-DeVos War On Public Education

REPORT: The McSally-DeVos War On Public Education

PHOENIX — With students heading back to school across Arizona, the Arizona Democratic Party is today releasing a new report on unelected U.S. Sen. Martha McSally’s record of selling out Arizonans on education in order to advance and protect her big donors’ anti-public education agenda.

Since first running for public office, McSally has received tens of thousands of dollars from anti-public education special interests — including $66,000 from U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s family — and then taken positions against public schools and students:

“No legislation… to address rising [tuition] costs.” In 2012, McSally said that the rising cost of education is “not a federal government responsibility.” To underscore her position, McSally even pledged, “I would propose no legislation in order to address these rising [tuition] costs.”

  • McSally has since claimed to have flip-flopped on the issue, but she has taken no meaningful action to improve college affordability.
  • And true to her 2012 campaign promise, McSally has repeatedly voted to block measures to allow student borrowers to refinance their loans at lower interest rates — and McSally even attacked a bipartisan bill that prevented student loan interest rates from doubling.

Voted for deep cuts for students loans and aid. In 2017, McSally voted for a Republican budget plan to impose deep cuts to federal higher-education funding and slash $78.5 billion in Pell Grant funding over a 10-year period.

Proposed eliminating the Department of Education & backed deep cuts to K-12 education. McSally has pushed for the elimination of the federal Department of Education entirely, arguing, “I think the federal government needs to stay out of the business of education.”

McSally took thousands in campaign contributions from for-profit colleges, then took no action while Betsy DeVos gutted regulations on predatory for-profit schools. On McSally’s watch, the Betsy DeVos-led Department of Education has repeatedly gutted regulations intended to protect students from predatory for-profit colleges.

While declining to conduct oversight on the DeVos-run Education Department, McSally has received robust financial support from the DeVos family. Given their shared hostility toward the public education system, it’s no surprise that Betsy DeVos’ extended family has in 2019, alone supported McSally with more than $22,000 in campaign contributions.

  • In 2018, McSally received more financial support from the DeVos family than did any other U.S. Senate candidate, and McSally has received more than $66,000 in campaign contributions from the DeVos family since 2012.
  • Martha McSally’s anti-public education agenda is great for people like Betsy DeVos and her family, but it’s wrong for Arizona families.

Read the full report HERE.