February 01, 2017

Rep. Mark Takano Statement on Trump Administration Tapping Jerry Falwell Jr. to Lead Higher Education Panel

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the Trump administration reportedly tapped Jerry Falwell Jr. to lead a panel on reforming higher education. 

“Jerry Falwell Jr. checks all the boxes for an education post in the Trump administration: he is bigoted, unqualified, and reliably opposed to protecting students from predatory companies. As a gay man, I am enraged that his anti-LGBT rhetoric is being rewarded with a leadership post. As a former teacher, I am deeply concerned for students who will inevitably be exploited by unregulated for-profit education companies. And as an American, I continue to be appalled by President Trump’s pattern of selecting unqualified ideologues to guide national education policy.” 

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