Gov. Bryant: DeVos 'will be a transformative leader' for Dept. of Education

31 January, 2017, 00:56 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Angus King of ME will vote against President Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary because of her views in favor of school choice.

The flurry of opposition is tied to DeVos's long history of activism for school choice, particularly voucher programs.

Senate Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York), have criticized DeVos on a variety of fronts. Heidi Heitkamp announced she would not vote to confirm Betsy DeVos. Bernie Sanders also said he'd vote against her.

DeVos's weak grasp of key federal civil rights education laws, combined with her lack of personal and professional experience in a public school setting as either a public school student, parent of a public school student, teacher, or administrator, render her unfit to serve as US Secretary of Education. Critics say her advocacy in education proves she wants to privatize public education.

Protestors gathered outside Sen.

Using drums and noisemakers, the group of protesters chanted "Toss DeVos!" "I believe he deserves to have his nominees confirmed when they are qualified and Betsy DeVos is qualified".

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Change.org Petition: As of Monday afternoon, there were nearly 350,000 signatures on a petition to not confirm Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education. All states are in the process of developing accountability plans and many expect to submit them to the U.S. Department of Education this spring.

Fuller, who identifies with neither political party, told me he trusts and supports Betsy DeVos, but, "I don't support the person she works for".

The city's Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) will meet in a special session Monday night to consider a resolution opposing the nomination of DeVos.

Now, on the eve of the HELP panel's vote on her nomination, Eden's picked apart the Times's characterization, made on the basis of earlier reporting, and found it flawed. Black, who had no experience in education, was forced to step down after only three months on the job. Bob Casey to reconsider his decision to vote against President Donald Trump's U.S. Secretary of Education pick.

Levesque called DeVos smart and capable, and praised her for subscribing to a "change agenda".

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