Senate Ends Debate, Sends DeVos Nomination to Floor for Vote

Willard RiveraFeb 05, 2017

Only one more Republican senator has to reject DeVos - and reject how she would hurt our public schools - to prevent her from being in charge of schools across this country.

Capito went on to write that she is confident Devos will not force any school choice or voucher programs on states and that she will enforce all federal laws to protect students with disabilities.

If all senators stick to their pledged votes, Vice President Mike Pence could become key to putting DeVos over the edge during the full floor vote, breaking a 50-50 tie to confirm DeVos as the next Secretary of Education.

"Betsy DeVos has never set foot in a classroom, did not send her children to public school, can not distinguish between proficiency and growth, and thinks that guns should be allowed in schools in the event of grizzly attacks", the GoFundMe page says. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski said Wednesday they will also vote against her.

"Teachers have more freedom and parents have more choices, they are public schools and Betsy Devos is in the forefront of helping create that opportunity for public education", Alexander said shortly after Friday's vote limiting debate.

On his way to work Friday, David Malone, a special education English teacher at Widener Memorial School in Philadelphia, did what he and thousands of others have been doing for several weeks.

DeVos' enthusiasm for charter schools is welcome.

"As a former governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have his team in place, but I have serious concerns about the qualifications of Betsy DeVos".

Democrats have lined up to oppose DeVos, a polarizing figure in MI and former state party chairman who for decades has advocated and financially backed movements supporting charter schools and voucher programs which critics say rob funding from more traditional public schools. Despite their opposition to DeVos, it is typical for senators to vote with their parties on procedural matters.

Betsy DeVos has never set foot in a classroom, did not send her children to public school, can not distinguish between proficiency and growth, and thinks that guns should be allowed in schools in the event of grizzly attacks. "Well, no", was her final answer. DeVos responded, "I may have confused it".

But DeVos' likely appointment combined with Falwell, who will focus on higher education issues and wants to stop universities from independently investigating sexual assault cases on campus, could be a boon for religious conservatives.

In just a matter of days - perhaps next Monday - a decision will be made in Washington affecting the futures of millions of children in low-income communities, and in the very troubled area of race relations in America.

"It could be the gender thing", says Hess.

Groups like the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers are strongly opposed to DeVos.

Meanwhile, voters are using all sorts of channels to sway senators to say "no" to DeVos. She actually got more than that, over $66,000 from nearly 4,000 people in two days, the website says.

And Ballin doesn't think Devos has been called.

We need to have every parent engaged in the process of making public schools more effective. "That's how we've got to begin to look at people on both sides of the aisle and not jump to conclusions".

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