Attention is being paid both inside the Beltway and beyond after AFT President Randi Weingarten laid out the four essential pillars of great neighborhood schools and called on the new administration to support these approaches, not the failed approaches that Trump's education secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos, has advocated through her career.
Weingarten's well-received address triggered major pieces in the Washington Post, USA Today, Education Week and Politico. It also garnered news and opinion pieces in the New York Times, whose editorial board tagged DeVos as "Exhibit A" in the assortment of "wealthy private-sector [Trump] nominees with no governing experience and many potential conflicts" requiring a full ethics review on Capitol Hill.
In key regional outlets, Weingarten's address also generated strong coverage in such major publications as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Toledo (Ohio) Blade, which focused on the AFT president's use of the Toledo Technology Academy as an illustration of both strong career and technical education programs (which Trump has called nonexistent) and the four pillars of great public schools at work. Advocacy journalism also picked up the call, with coverage of Weingarten's remarks in Mother Jones and the Huffington Post.