DNC official sides with protesters who blocked DeVos
00:34, Feb 14, 2017
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Newly sworn-in Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos tried, and eventually succeeded, to visit a Washington, D.C., public school Friday morning. All 46 Democratic senators and two Independents voted against DeVos' confirmation, but just two Republicans joined them in blocking Trump's pick.
The question Americans should be asking is not why Murkowski and Collins opposed the DeVos nomination, but why more Republicans didn't join them.
The education secretary was met by the protesters at the school's back entrance after a parent-teacher demonstration apparently blocked the road by the front entrance. Good public schools provide a common experience and send a message that lets every child know that she has been born into a society that cares about what happens to her.
"We will unleash our activists in a way that I don't think any Secretary of Education has ever experienced", said Heidi Hess, campaign manager for Credo, a mobile phone company involved in liberal activism.
DeVos, for all the reasons listed above, provided Democrats the ideal opportunity to take their biggest stand yet against Trump. Therefore, when expectations are low and you're in a district with underperforming charter and public schools, there is no incentive to improve and parents are left with one bad school choice after another. She faced criticism and ridicule for a perceived lack of experience and confusion during her confirmation hearing. She has never worked in public schools. There was enough concern about that among senators that 50 of them voted against her. "Great teachers and leaders help make great schools, and I was honored to speak with Jefferson's team about our shared commitment to strengthening public education".
"A push for federal school vouchers in the current regulatory climate could backfire big-time either by flopping in Congress or, if enacted, drawing more private and religiously affiliated schools into the freedom-killing Common Core web", he warns. In her home state of Michigan, DeVos and her husband have championed charter schools - to positive effect. However, she has used her enormous wealth and influence to try and destroy public education in America. Public charter schools draw less criticism, but some refuse to follow basic guidelines that ensure adequate education for students.
He urges the new secretary to invite onto her staff as well "education scholars who understand the federal government has no constitutional authority to dictate education policy", and that the US education department should be "phased out of existence". "One of the reasons why they proliferated so much is because you get tax breaks through the New Market Tax Credit, which is why you have a lot of hedge funds involved in charter schools". She has demonstrated an open hostility to public education, and a desire to destroy public education by using taxpayer money to subsidize private, religious schools.
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