DeVos suggests guns in school to protect kids from grizzlies
- Author: Marjorie Miles Jan 20, 2017,
Jan 20, 2017, 0:54
DeVos says it should be up to locales and state governments. "I don't think any teacher in this school district would be hired with those kind of answers", said Keller. Bernie Sanders tried to sell DeVos on free college tuition (something even Hillary Clinton was reluctant to do), and Massachusetts Sen. In Betsy DeVos, the nation's children - and the school-choice programs from which they stand to benefit - will have a champion in Washington.
DeVos, a MI billionaire and Republican mega-donor who has faced contentious confirmation hearings this week, has been criticized as a longtime aggressive advocate for charter schools and private-school voucher programs. Wyden also released an audio statement, in which he criticized DeVos' performance at her confirmation heading.
Dissatisfied with the response, Warren pressed forward, asking DeVos if she would enforce rules already on the books that prevent institutional fraud.
"I don't think we should make it any more hard than necessary" for students to complete the forms, she said.
DeVos, a billionaire businesswoman and philanthropist nominated by President-elect Donald Trump, faced tough questions from senators during her confirmation hearing Tuesday.
According to Stanford University researchers, more than half of charter schools in Detroit outperform public schools, and less than ten percent under-perform. She repeatedly stressed that her support for policies such as private-school vouchers is about giving parents control over their children's education.
The Senate committee bombarded Betsy DeVos with questions over the last two days.
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Patty Murray, the top Democrat on the committee, said she was "extremely disappointed" that DeVos had not yet finalized her financial and ethics disclosures ahead of the hearing.
"Prior to the hearing yesterday I had an assumption that I had more knowledge of education than she really does and that is depressing", said Cook.
"I think probably there, I would imagine that there's probably a gun in the school to protect from potential grizzlies", DeVos said, referencing a school in Wyoming that has a fence to keep out unsafe wildlife.
"Senator Franken, I've never believed in that", DeVos answered. Since at least 2006, DeVos has been listed on the foundation's filing documents as one of the directors. A Lankford aide said he and DeVos had talked of "reining in" that office.
DeVos should have automatically been disqualified for having zero experience with public schools, for being against public schools, and for being anti-LGBT, but she proved over and over again just how unqualified she is to manage a $77 billion federal agency.
Her common-sensed reply was fantastic...