How did Trump's education pick Betsy DeVos do in confirmation hearing?

Others have criticized DeVos for the similarly contentious responses she made about gun violence and differently abled students.

For me, her nomination is the right hook that followed the gut punch of Trump becoming our Commander-in-Chief.

On Wednesday, she was the subject of ridicule on Twitter for her reply to Sen. "Her philanthropic mission is great charter schools and school choice, two policy pillars we believe in", he said, and added he hoped the nominee could "leverage the power of the office" to advocate for them.

President-elect Donald Trump's pick for education secretary is running into tough questions at her confirmation hearing.

But Democrats say DeVos, who is an ardent supporter of charter schools and vouchers, would undermine the public education system.

"She's a philanthropist and not a policy wonk and that came through very clearly in the hearing", he said.

Harrington personally knows DeVos, who has donated large sums of money to scholarship funds for children within the diocese.


Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota also dressed down the nominee, appearing to catch DeVos off guard as he grilled her for almost 10 minutes on the nuts and bolts of student outcomes. Mrs. DeVos has also personally mentored at-risk children in public schools.

My favorite thing about my job is that I get to help my students find their passion or cultivate ones that are already there.

Stopping the Betsy DeVos nomination for education secretary will not be easy in the current Senate, but friends of public education are girded for the challenge.

"I think probably there, I would imagine that there's probably a gun in the school to protect from potential grizzlies", DeVos said, referencing a school in Wyoming that has a fence to keep out unsafe wildlife. After Democratic senators confronted her with a long list of unfavorable statistics about the quality of both district and charter schools in Detroit, DeVos insisted that charter schools in Detroit are doing well, especially given the high percentage of Detroit children who live in poverty.

In addition to dodging questions about guns in schools and federal education funding, DeVos refused to commit to maintaining federal rules about how schools must handle sexual assault.

LGBT groups also have protested Trump's choice of DeVos, saying she has funded conservative religious groups that promote traditional family values, including one organization that supports conversion therapy-counseling of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people with the aim of changing their sexual orientation. She responded, "I think that's a matter best left to the states".

"Ms. DeVos has no experience in public education and the education work she has done is centered upon pursuing efforts to undermine and privatize public schools", Casey said in a statement.

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