20 January, 2017
DeVos, the wife of Dick DeVos, the heir to the Amway marketing fortune, has spent more than two decades advocating for charter schools in her home state of MI, as well as promoting conservative religious values.
Well, I think maybe you could see that I was pretty stunned when she couldn't articulate just some compassion for what schools are going through when we have had on some years an average of one school shooting every week.
What pains me about DeVos' nomination is the message it sends about the value of public education, and my profession in general, to this new administration.
Betsy DeVos is a Michigan Billionaire who was an advocate for charter schools.
Trump's nominee for Education Secretary is facing accusations of lying during her confirmation hearing - after claiming her 13 years as VP of a charitable trust that funded anti-gay activism was a "clerical error".
Betsy DeVos, the charter school and school choice advocate nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to lead the education department, once accused many of her fellow Republicans of opposing school choice out of latent racism.
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Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the U.S. Department of Education, has a odd way of demonstrating the animosity toward gay people she is being accused by some of harboring. Hill contributor Cyra Master explains DeVos was "instrumental helping him establish and defend the first federal school choice initiative in America, the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP)".
"(The Democrats) are making things up to discredit her", he said.
Senate democrats questioned her involvement in the foundation during her confirmation hearing Tuesday night. In her hearing, DeVos suggested that some schools could be armed with guns so they can protect students from "potential grizzlies".
"Senator Franken, I've never believed in that", DeVos answered.
DeVos has also fought to expand school vouchers, virtual schools, tuition tax credits and education savings accounts. She also asked whether DeVos will divest herself of any family business enterprises that may represent a conflict of interest in her job, including one student loan refinancing company. A Lankford aide said he and DeVos had talked of "reining in" that office.
Union leaders and students with colorful signs praising local public schools marched with teachers against DeVos, who they said would take away funding from public schools. So in some ways, she is an "outsider" in the literal sense of the word.