Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren pledged to nominate a public school teacher to be her secretary of education if she is election president.
“In my administration, the Secretary of Education will be a former public school teacher who is committed to public education,” Warren said in her email to supporters Monday.
Warren, one of the 22 Democrats running for the Democratic nomination in 2020, made her comments ahead of a Monday town hall with members of the American Federation of Teachers union.
Current Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has come under fire from Democrats for many of her decisions, including her move to ease regulations on for-profit colleges.
Warren says DeVos is the ‘worst Secretary of Education we’ve seen.”
However, Warren – who is a former special education teacher – says the problem with the Education Department is ‘bigger than Betsy DeVos.”
The Democrat from Massachusetts often speaks of her early hopes to work in education, and her email came as a hit to DeVos, who has no teaching experience.
“Let’s get a person with real teaching experience,” Warren wrote to supporters. “A person who understands how low pay, tattered textbooks, and crumbling classrooms hurt students and educators. A person who understands the crushing burden of student debt on students and young professionals and who is committed to actually doing something about it.”
Warren, a more progressive candidate, usually polls as the third to fifth most likely candidate to earn the Democratic nomination.
Former Vice President Joe Biden most often polls first among registered Democratic voters, independent Senator Bernie Sanders most times places second and in many of the polls breakout star South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg comes in third.
Warren faced controversy early on in her campaign when, before announcing, she released the results of a DNA test that showed she likely had less aboriginal heritage than the average white European American.
She revealed the results over pressure from the president – who said he would donate $1 million to a charity of her choosing if she was Native American – and it showed she could be as little as 1/1024th American Indian.
Warren made claims to her Native American heritage when applying for a law school professorship and when applying to take the bar exam. She defended her claims and would often speak of her high cheekbones and parent’s stories of her Native American ancestors.