Dr. Leslie Fenwick for U.S. Secretary of Education

President-elect Joe Biden

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We need a highly-qualified leader in the Department of Education with a strong record of support for public schools and the courage to turn the Department away from failed reforms.

To: President-elect Joe Biden
From: [Your Name]

We are writing to express our support for Dr. Leslie Fenwick for U.S. Secretary of Education. We need a highly-qualified leader in the Department of Education with a strong record of support for public schools and the courage to turn the Department away from failed reforms.

Dr. Fenwick is highly qualified. A former Toledo, Ohio middle-school science teacher, school administrator, and legislative aid to the State of Ohio Senate, Dr. Fenwick served as the Dean of Howard University from 2007 until 2016.

She understands the most basic needs of American education: adequate and equitable funding, experienced teachers, and a commitment to equity and inclusion.

NPE President, education historian Diane Ravitch said, "I have watched her lectures online, and I was blown away by her wisdom, her articulateness, and her deep understanding of the needs of children, teachers, and schools. Leslie Fenwick is steeped in knowledge of teaching and learning, and she knows the details of federal policy. She is the perfect person to clean up the mess that Betsy DeVos created, to reverse four years of an administration that sought to demolish civil rights protections and to defund public schools."

We support Dr. Leslie Fenwick because she knows that public schools are an essential element of American democracy. They are community institutions that belong to the public, not to entrepreneurs or corporate chains.

After twenty years of failed federal policies of high-stakes testing and punishment for schools and teachers, American education needs bold and forceful leadership, not incremental change.

According to NPE Board member Dr. Denisha Jones a former full-time lecturer at Howard University, "Dr. Fenwick encouraged and supported my work as an education justice activist resisting high-stakes standardized testing and fast-track teacher preparation programs. She has a deep understanding of the dangers of for-profit education. She is committed to ensuring all children, especially Black children, receive a high-quality education that strengthens their community. I enjoyed working with Dean Fenwick, and I believe she is an outstanding candidate for Secretary of Education."

She is the ideal Secretary of Education for the Biden administration. We strongly encourage you to nominate Dr. Leslie Fenwick as your Secretary of Education.

Respectfully,