'We Will Be Fearless': Teachers Vow to Defend Students From Trump and Devos

In a speech during the National Education Association’s (NEA) annual meeting in Boston over the weekend, Lily Eskelsen García—the organization’s president—delivered a searing rebuke to President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who she accused of pushing a “profoundly disturbing” agenda that could have devastating effects on children.

“We will not find common ground with an administration that is cruel and callous to our children and their families.”
—Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association

Addressing 7,500 educators, Garcia declared that the NEA, the nation’s largest labor union, will not cooperate with the White House. She also implicitly criticized union leaders who have been persuaded by Trump’s seemingly pro-worker, pro-union rhetoric.

“I will not allow the National Education Association to be used by Donald Trump or Betsy DeVos,” García said.

She continued:

García went on to denounce DeVos for making a “career trying to destroy neighborhood public schools, the very cornerstone of what’s made our nation so strong.”