Sen. Moran indicates he will support Betsy DeVos' nomination

Willard RiveraFeb 05, 2017

Two Republican senators - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - have said they will vote against her, meaning the Senate is split 50-50 on her nomination if the rest of those voting do so along party lines as expected.

We identified Fischer as one of four GOP senators from rural states who voted against a 2015 proposal to create a federal voucher plan.

Murkowski said she believed DeVos has much to learn about public education.

Trustee Joy Grayson criticized DeVos for her lack of public school experience.

In a statement issued Monday in support of DeVos, Graham said, "I am proud to be a product of the SC public school system".

"Her concentration on charter schools and vouchers, however, raises question about whether or not she fully appreciates that the secretary of education's primary focus must be on helping states. strengthen our public schools".

"This is not a decision I make lightly", Collins said.

"I think that the games that are being played with Betsy DeVos are sad". In her home state of MI, she pushed relentlessly for charter expansion, and most Detroit schools are now charters, about 80 percent of them run for profit.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., however, said that her and other Democrats' opposition to DeVos is not about school choice or charter schools that she supported in MI but their belief that she has worked to drain funding from public schools to the benefit of private and for-profit schools.

If all other GOP senators support DeVos, and all Democrats oppose her, she would end up with a 50-50 vote in the Senate and Vice President Mike Pence would have to break the tie to confirm her. She shares my interest in pursuing full funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to ensure that our students with disabilities have the opportunity to receive a quality education and pursue their goals. DeVos, 58, would be the first person to head the federal Education Department in its more than 35-year history who hasn't either attended public schools or sent her own children to them, according to Education Week. "Nevertheless, like all of us, Mrs. DeVos is the product of her experience".

Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.

DeVos, her spokesman Greg McNeilly said Friday, is reaching out to lawmakers and has been told by 50 Republican senators that they will vote for her Monday. If a well-meaning and well-qualified education reformer like DeVos can not be confirmed, then President Trump should threaten to abolish the department completely.

Both officials voted to approve DeVos in the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions vote. She's against rigid civil-service control in public schools. And its Midwest arm has criticized the MI charter school law that DeVos donated millions to back politically. He said in a statement Tuesday that he looks forward to working with her.

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