DeVos positioned to disrupt public education

With two Republicans joining Democrats in a marathon effort to oppose the wealthy Republican donor from MI, it took Vice President Mike Pence to break a 50-50 tie by casting the deciding vote Tuesday.

The question Americans should be asking is not why Murkowski and Collins opposed the DeVos nomination, but why more Republicans didn't join them. Betsy DeVos was confirmed for the role after, for the first time in history, the vice president was forced to use his vote to break a tie for a cabinet confirmation.

You could hear it throughout DeVos' admittedly lackluster confirmation hearing last month. San Francisco schools' Chief of Staff Jill Hoogendyk, who has directed the district's state and federally funded programs, has an idea.

President Donald Trump accused Democrats of seeking to torpedo education progress. Betsy DeVos has made clear she will enforce the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), - which funds special education in OH and across the country - and to "protect the hard won rights of students with disabilities". "As a science teacher from IN who tends to focus on evolution, I'm familiar with Pence's viewpoint [editor's note: Mike Pence does not seem to believe IN evolution] and it seems like DeVos shares the same idea on evolution and creationism". "She is the most incompetent cabinet-level nominee I have ever seen".

"It's like when you go to the store and you pick out the flawless Bible", DeVos said, "and you know it'll make the best science textbook ever".

I'm going to hold Betsy DeVos to her commitments and continue to fight for policies that give our children a better chance to succeed.

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The board's resolution also asks DeVos to "embrace all students" in her new position, including those from these groups.

Close attention also will be paid to how DeVos deals with sexual assault and freedom of speech on campuses. She likes charter schools - which are, in fact public schools operated independently of traditional districts - and she really likes the idea of letting parents choose where and how they educate their kids.

"The way for us to get the most attention to our cause is to do that during school, to show just how serious we are", said Serena Zeta, who is a 16-year-old junior at Pittsburgh CAPA. I got a governor in the statehouse, he does not send his kids to Trenton public schools.

Samaha, who also is the assistant vice chancellor of Student Life at USC Aiken, said his concerns about DeVos' appointment as Secretary of Education relate directly to whether she has "any experience or knowledge at all in a public school system and how it works or, for that matter, with what it means to pay for a college education". Contributor Maria Jeffrey wrote, "This dig at Betsy DeVos and children needing an English teacher as a result of her leadership at the Dept. of Education falls flat because of the spelling and grammatical errors peppered throughout it". Fundamentally, DeVos does not recognize why her commitment to all charters is problematic simply because she can not properly evaluate their successes. "She will bring a new perspective to ensure every child can attend a school that prepares them for the future", he said. "My view is that she is committed to doing that".

DeVos and her family have been major donors to the GOP, giving an estimated $818,000 to 20 current Republican senators during the 2014 and 2016 election cycles, said the Post.

  • Stacy Houston