MI education advocates have polarizing views on DeVos vote

  • MI education advocates have polarizing views on DeVos vote

MI education advocates have polarizing views on DeVos vote

"If you are a Republican senator who is going to vote against DeVos, you would have needed to make that clear well in advance", David Payne, a Republican strategist and partner at Vox Global, said Monday.

Of all President Trump's Cabinet nominees, Michigan's DeVos is the most controversial.

Vice President Mike Pence has already agreed to use his authority as the president of the Senate to cast a tie-breaking 51st vote in favor of DeVos, but Democrats insisted they would try to siphon off one additional Republican to shift the balance in their favor. The effort is being led by Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said Monday afternoon on the Senate floor. Opponents swarmed senate offices with phone calls, emails and faxes that communicate their opposition. "Millions have engaged on social media -sharing information with their friends, signing petitions, and pressuring their elected officials".

If just one more Republican Senator votes against her, billionaire donor and school choice advocate Betsy DeVos could be denied a position in Trump's cabinet. Sen. "Keep making your voices heard for these last 24 hours", she said. "She is someone who has dedicated her career and her inherited fortune to privatizing public schools, to tearing down public education, to defunding it in order to push more taxpayer dollars into private schools and for-profit charters". There are also lawsuits filed by Gov. Cooper and the State Board of Education that seek to overturn two laws that, if they are upheld, will limit the power of the new governor and significantly shift responsibility over education policy from the State Board of Education to the new State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

"We gathered over 500 letters, 11,000 signatures of Pennsylvanians who are opposed to DeVos". Indeed, the Badass Teachers Association has caucuses in the nation's two biggest unions, although it is its own independent group.

Murray is one of many Democrats who are concerned not only about DeVos' plan to pursue school choice programs, but her lack of experience and supposed poor performance in her confirmation hearings.

Murkowski echoed Collins' doubts about DeVos.

Keith Poston is president and executive director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focused on public education in North Carolina. She was tripped up when asked about accountability standards and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. According to BetsyDeVos.com, her official website, DeVos is a grandmother, with four children and five grandchildren.

"Simply put, Betsy believes deeply that each child should be equipped with the knowledge to succeed in life", Bush said.