Pence Casts Historic Senate Vote to Confirm Trump's Education Pick

"When you say that pubic schools are a dead end and then, as Ms. DeVos has, spend your entire career trying to empty out public schools and put kids into private schools, it hurts", Murphy said, adding that he attended public schools in his youth.

Republican Senators Susan Collins of ME, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, were the only two Republican Senators not to vote for DeVos. Richard Burr and Sen.

Sen. David Perdue, R-Sea Island, reiterated Tuesday a statement he made Friday in support of the Trump nominee.

"It's not Democrats who are bitter about the election", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. Pat Toomey voted in favor of DeVos. Betsy DeVos is now Secretary DeVos, and real educational reform can commence but the controversy isn't over.

And she disputes claims that she was ill-prepared to face the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, saying she was prepped extensively by the Trump transition team. "It's so awful that we have someone as Secretary of Education who doesn't know what they're doing", she said. The party is so anemic after eight years of Obama, it could very well pass away.

"Ultimately, the more people who are involved, the more people that will vote", Newingham said.

"If it is thrown back to the states, that means the states can individually decide whether or not they want to give those assistances to those students or give that funding to other students", Wolf said.

The petition - which has been shared on Facebook more than 400,000 times - struck a nerve after DeVos' confirmation hearing, in which Sen. Democrats are holding the floor for 24 hours straight in the lead-up to the vote.

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Collins was the only Republican Senator voting not to receive a campaign contribution from Betsy DeVos or her family. While DeVos has said "a lot that has gone right in Detroit" because of charter schools given the level of poverty, data from Detroit Public Schools and charters schools have shown neither with particularly strong results.

"She doesn't quite have a plan, which is the first problem, just for starters", Newingham said. Diversity may be viewed as cliché, but I believe that getting to know, working with, befriending, including people who are different from ourselves is enriching and expanding.

To get any legislation through Congress, however, DeVos will need to court some of those hostile Democrats in the Senate. DeVos is known for her advocacy of school choice and education voucher programs and is a long-time leader of the Republican Party in MI.

"To the new education secretary, it probably seemed like an innocent message - just a friendly note commenting on her first day in the office", wrote Tiffany Thomas for Romper.

DeVos acknowledges facing intense criticism for not knowing some basic tenets of education law and policy.

She has served as a board member for Advocates for School Choice, Alliance for School Choice, American Education Reform Council and the All Children Matter Political Action Committee, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a non-partisan group that tracks money in government.

DeVos became the sixth cabinet appointment of President Trump to be confirmed. The obsession for vouchers that Attorney General [Dan] Patrick is pushing will cause redistribution of students in our state, especially in the inner cities.


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