Kasich endorses Trump education nominee

Kasich endorsed DeVos on Tuesday in a letter to the chairman of the Senate's education and health committee, which will vote on her nomination.

Murray also said she was "stunned" and "energized" by the amount of people who marched in Spokane and across the country Saturday in protest of the Trump campaign rhetoric.

"I realized that her confirmation has the potential to very, very negatively affect my daughter directly as well as all of the other students receiving special education services", Rogers said.

"Few Americans have done as much as Betsy DeVos has to help low-income children have a choice of a better school".

Democrats and labor unions have objected to her nomination, arguing that DeVos would undermine the traditional public school system to promote charter, private and other education options.

Barnes and her husband have already called their representatives in Congress, urging a no vote on DeVos.

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During her confirmation hearing with the U.S. Senate, she dedicated herself to being a champion for great schools.

Even worse, under amendments to the Bush guidelines pushed by Obama and Duncan, the department no longer required schools to reach certain benchmarks in test scores or graduation rates - only to demonstrate that they were "making progress".

Big Government coddling of public schools in the guise of "tough love" clearly doesn't work.

Betsy DeVos is not an educator, she has never directed a learning institution of any kind, she has no expertise in pedagogy, she has never run a government agency, and neither she nor her kids have ever attended a public school.

"The reason this nation has been so committed to public schools is because everyone benefits, whether you're in public school or private school, you benefit", Sweeney said. "During my one-on-one meeting with Mrs. DeVos, the first thing I stressed to her was the importance of the IDEA program and parental involvement in the Individualized Education Program process".

In particular, DeVos' answers proved that she is either unaware or unsupportive of numerous core policies, duties and functions of the education department such as the federal laws protecting special education students and those that restrain for-profit universities.

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Afterwards, Hassan asked her if she knew that the act was a federal law prior to her bringing it up, and DeVos' response was something Communications and Sciences Disorders Professor Deidre Muldoon did not like. With Republicans firmly in control in the General Assembly, it's safe to assume numerous same priorities will continue including private school vouchers, charters and virtual charter schools and public school takeover initiatives like the Achievement School District that is slated to begin this year.

The handing of the education secretary's position to a billionaire and avowed enemy of public education will lead to an vast escalation of the war against this most basic democratic right.

Is this what our schools and students need - an inexperienced partisan ideologue with a track record of failure and a disdain for public education? And she thinks DeVos would flesh out the department with people experienced in key policy areas.

"As someone who has been married to a special education teacher for nearly 50 years and has also served as chairman of the Georgia Board of Education, the education of kids with disabilities has been a passion of mine for decades", Isakson said in a statement. School choice, vouchers and privatization schemes are her only solutions.

The coming months and years will see the eruption of social opposition to the destruction of public education.

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