(If you’ve been following news about Betsy DeVos’s confirmation process, this outcome is probably more a disappointment than a surprise. As Diane Ravitch reported earlier–it’s posted below–she basically bought herself a cabinet position. The Republican Senators who ignored their constituents and confirmed her are basically prostitutes.)
The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education is an outrageous insult to the millions of people who send their children to public schools, to the millions of students who attend public schools, to the millions of educators who work in public schools, and to the millions of people–like me–who graduated from public school.
As expected, the vote was 50-50, and Vice President Pence was called in to cast the tie-breaking vote.
She was never a student, a parent, an educator or school board member of public schools. It is her life’s work to tear down public education. She does not respect the line of separation between church and state. She supports for-profit charter schools.
She is ignorant of federal law, federal programs, and federal policy. When asked at her Senate hearing about the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, she did not know it was a federal law…
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