DeVos, whose nomination only cleared the Senate after Vice President Mike Pence broke a tie following a contentious process, posted a photo of herself in her office Wednesday, writing: 'Day 1 on the job is done, but we're only getting started.
As The Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe reports, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the first secretary of state nominee in US history to ever have to clear various procedural hurdles before a final confirmation vote. All 46 Democratic senators and two Independents voted against DeVos' confirmation, but just two Republicans joined them in blocking Trump's pick.
Devos arrived at Jefferson Middle School Academy where she was greeted by demonstrators who kept her from entering the school. Susan Collins of ME, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
"The board believes the U.S. Secretary of Education can learn and see first-hand what has been accomplished in public schools, including an increased graduation rate with higher standards for all students in San Diego Unified", the resolution said.
DeVos has previously worked to promote charter schools and school voucher programs, which her critics say would hurt public schools. About 50 protesters gathered outside the school, holding signs and shouting "We fight back!"
CNN reported that members of BlackLivesMatter DC, the Black Youth Project, and other groups also showed up after the groups sent social media messages urging people to protest at the school. The conservative billionaire is a radical Christian extremist who wants to use American schools to advance "God's kingdom" and use taxpayer money to fund Christian schools.
A bigger issue than DeVos needs to be dealt with.
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Nevertheless, for Republicans and other school choice advocates, there is no denying that DeVos, like the Trump administration, does not now enjoy a huge advantage in public support.
Supporters say Devos' lack of experience will be an asset in her new position. As of 2014, the majority of students in the public education system are students of color and it's important that the leaders at the Department of Education are aware of the challenges these students may face and are willing to implement the policies that best serve them.
"(School choice) could ultimately destabilize the American public school system.
Even so, given that DeVos has spent much of her life and a lot of her own money to improve education in America, she might have a thought or two about how to run a department created for that very goal.
According to FollowTheMoney.org, between 2000 and 2015, DeVos and her husband made $47,559,870 in campaign contributions. Tuesday, by the narrowest possible margin, DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education, resulting in a divisive administration becoming even more so.
The charter school model resonates with the historical DNA of the republic.
Between speakers, chants such as, "Whose, school?"