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On Friday, the Senate Health, Education and Labor Committee announced it was delaying a vote on the nomination of DeVos until January 31, a week later than initially set. Donnelly said after he carefully reviewed DeVos' record and qualifications, he planned to vote against her nomination. The family has paid almost a $1 million to 21 Republican senators who will vote on her confirmation next week, in addition to the $2.25 million the DeVos' gave last fall to the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC tied to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Looking back at the 10 education secretaries nominated by three Republican and three Democratic presidents, the NEA has expressed disappointment with almost every nominee.

"I know Betsy DeVos because she came to OH and stood shoulder to shoulder with me and other parents of children with special needs to fight for access to better schools". The Democrats' opposition to her says more about them than it does about her. Tax filings showed she sat on the board of her mother's foundation for nearly two decades, a time in which the group gave more than $5 million to Focus on the Family. Additionally, her confirmation hearing cemented in my mind that DeVos does not understand the needs of our education system, specifically our public education system.

Donnelly has voted to confirm John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security, James Mattis as Defense Secretary, Mike Pompeo to head the Central Intelligence Agency, and Nikki Haley as United Nations ambassador.

The public schools exist to develop each student to be a competent, independent thinking citizen.

Some have criticized DeVos for being a woman of Christian faith as she described how she finds God's goal in her daily work.

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We need someone who finds the right balance between charters and traditional public schools and who fights for school reform based on solid evidence.

DeVos, on the other hand, the daughter of a billionaire who went on to marry the son of another billionaire, never attended a public school. Hopson listed several reasons she believes DeVos to be unqualified. Regardless of political affiliation, each of us should expect and demand someone far more qualified and savvy than Mrs. DeVos to lead our U.S. Department of Education. DeVos was even more explicit in a previous speech where she called public education a "dead-end".

Public education in the United States is crumbling, and DeVos, it seems, is not going to change that with her closed-minded ideals. "At her nomination hearing yesterday, Betsy DeVos also wavered on fundamental issues like keeping our students safe from gun violence, working to end sexual assault on college campuses, ensuring students with disabilities get a quality education and protecting all students against discrimination and harassment". "If confirmed I will be a strong advocate for great public schools". She has seen the Scott Walkers and Robin Voses of the world as champions of privatization, politicians willing to dip into the public treasury to fund nonpublic schools. Nelson and his colleagues in the U.S. Senate must confirm her and stand on the side of parents and not teacher unions.

Another point that was brought up during the hearing was the Individuals with Disabilities Act, which requires all public schools to provide students with disabilities with a free and appropriate education.


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