LATEST SENATOR TESTER
(U.S. Senate)-U.S. Senator Jon Tester issued the following statement after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced-under heavy pressure-that she will reconsider the University of Montana's Upward Bound application. Tester introduced legislation and has repeatedly called on DeVos to reverse course after she rejected the application in April, simply because a single page was not formatted according to arbitrary double-spacing requirements.
"Secretary DeVos' decision to ignore Montanans has been troubling, but I am pleased that she will reconsider this important grant application. Now it is critical that she does not make this mess worse by rejecting the grant. The quicker UM's grant is approved, the quicker students get the tools they need to succeed. For over 50 consecutive years, Upward Bound at the University of Montana has helped first generation college students earn their degrees, and that shouldn't end because of government red tape and an Education Secretary who has a lot to learn about public education."
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