Senate committee approves nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of education
00:47, Feb 1, 2017
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"Though, I will say-upon initial review, numerous responses look copied and pasted from previous statements, or are simple reiterations of the law and not true responses at all".
Sen. Patty Murray said Tuesday she is reviewing written answers the MI billionaire provided to the Senate that may include plagiarized material.
Fox 59 said in DeVos's defense that over 1,000 questions were answered in her name, which means that there is a likelihood that some staffers and aids helped answer them.
Critics have also mocked her for suggesting that guns could be justified in schools to protect students from grizzly bears. Al Franken, D-Minn. DeVos' supporters argued that not only has she since answered most if not all of those questions, that she has proven her commitment to children. Betsy DeVos of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is known for her passion to expand school choice-especially where school's are reporting lagging in reading and math scores.
Collins added, however, that she was also comforted to hear from DeVos that as the head of an agency that helps oversee education policy, she would not push any effort to force the states to adopt school vouchers or choice. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, said they remained uncertain if they will vote for her on the Senate floor.
The Trump Administration has not yet responded to these allegations, but those opposing DeVos are working hard to give proof of her guilt.
Murkowski said that the decision was "very personal, as education is very personal to me".
Democrats must channel all of that outrage in a persuasive direction if they are going to stop her confirmation before the Senate. DeVos chaired a federation that championed public funding for charter schools and allocating public money for parents to spend on private education.
DeVos' answer on her Senate committee homework: "Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment where they can learn, thrive, and grow".
"We just received responses to hundreds of written questions yesterday, less than 24 hours before this scheduled vote, and with no time to fully review and ask any follow-up questions".
In response to a question on handling the bullying of LGBTQ students, DeVos wrote, "Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment where they can learn, thrive, and grow". "I have not been persuaded that Betsy DeVos will put students first if she is confirmed", said Murray.
Trump education adviser Rob Goad called the accusations of plagiarism "character assassination", according to CNN.
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The coming months and years will see the eruption of social opposition to the destruction of public education. Barnes and her husband have already called their representatives in Congress, urging a no vote on DeVos.
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