Alan van Capelle warns Betsy DeVos would be a "disaster" as Secretary of Education
New York, New York – January 30, 2016
Alan van Capelle, President & CEO of Educational Alliance, Warns Betsy DeVos Would be a “Disaster” for New York’s Children
The leader of the 128-year-old New York institution, which has piloted Head Start and other successful education programs that have been utilized across the nation, cautions that appointing DeVos as Secretary of Education would set back decades of progress.
Lower East Side, NYC – For over 50 years, Educational Alliance (EA) has piloted education models that have been utilized across the nation. These programs include Head Start, Early Head Start, and most recently, College Access and Success, the agency’s trademark 2-generation education program which empowers parents to get college degrees and aims to end the cycle of poverty in a single generation. As a laboratory for developing and improving the way we educate Americans, the leader of the agency warns that we must reject President Trump’s appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education when the senate votes tomorrow.
EA’s President & CEO Alan van Capelle said, “The nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education would be a disaster for the children of New York. Ms. DeVos has demonstrated a lack of even basic understanding of the structure, philosophies, and methods that guide education in this country. That should scare everyone. I call on our representatives in the senate to honor the hardworking students of our country and the men & women who teach them by voting ‘no’ on DeVos’ confirmation tomorrow.”
Educational Alliance (EA), a community based organization serving more than 50,000 New Yorkers, also administers an incredibly successful College Prep program where in a district with graduation rates as low as 37%, 100% of teenage College Prep participants graduate, go on to college, and receive financial aid. They are also the administrators of Head Start, Early Head Start, and Afterschool programs across lower Manhattan. Thousands have been helped by EA’s programs including Karen Canella, a first generation immigrant who became the focus of a campaign EA led to restore NYC’s funding for teen programs. In recent weeks, EA is doubling down on their commitment to advocate for New Yorkers and all Americans when it comes to education and inclusiveness. They have galvanized their community behind the recently launched “We the People” initiative, aiming to claim lower Manhattan as a sanctuary from the hate and divisiveness that has spread across the nation in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, leaving many of the vulnerable populations EA serves feeling anxious and scared.
About Educational Alliance
Educational Alliance (www.edalliance.org) is a vibrant, dynamic, non-profit organization that has served New Yorkers from all walks of life for the last 128 years. We believe that everyone should have a chance to live a better life and that arts & culture, education, health & wellness, and social services help to lay the foundation for a brighter future. We’re a living laboratory, piloting and investigating ways to solve problems, create a better society, and advocate for the vulnerable.
Lower East Side, NY: Alan van Capelle, President & CEO of Educational Alliance, with students at Educational Alliance Preschool.
Jake Link, Director of Communications