Betsy DeVos, the controversial nominee for US Education Secretary was confirmed by the Senate in a historic 51-50 tie-breaking vote last week. DeVos, who has donated millions to the campaigns of the Republican senators who voted for her, survived the vote despite two defections from her party. See an excerpt of the New York Times coverage:
Betsy DeVos, a wealthy Republican donor with almost no experience in public education, was confirmed by the Senate as the nation’s education secretary on Tuesday, but only with the help of a historic tiebreaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence after weeks of protests and two defections within her own party…
Spare time? If you have any extra time (?) over the February break, you may want to read Secretary DeVos’ responses to questions posed to her during the Senate confirmation hearings. See those here. After review, you may be reminded of the TV show “Hogan’s Heroes,” featuring Sergeant Schultz, who was famous for saying, “I hear nothing, I see nothing, I know nothing” whenever asked for information.
The problem with DeVos is that she does see what she wants to see, and she sees a future that pushes aside truly public education in favor of an education that is anything but public.
Finally, Jimmy Fallon had something to say about Ms. DeVos on the Tonight Show. Read and watch on the Washington Post website.