Tag Archives: Betsy DeVos

DeVos's stumbles right out of the gate nothing to laugh about

Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

"The Trump administration’s national security scandals may have obscured Betsy DeVos’s rough start as the new Secretary of Education, but her stumbles right out the gate reveal disturbing characteristics of her leadership. Unfortunately, the least significant gaffe is the one that has gotten the most notoriety so far. As Politico reports, 'In quoting civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois, the Department of Education on Sunday sent out a tweet misspelling his name as 'DeBois.' And then it sent out an apology that misspelled the word 'apologies' as 'apologizes." … Nevertheless, there are gaffes, and then there are disturbing omens of what may be in store for the nation's schools under the Trump-DeVos regime." (02/15/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170215/devoss-stumbles-at-the-start-are-nothing-to-laugh-about

The misguided attacks on Betsy DeVos

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Let's assume that the critics had their way. Let's find the most competent and most knowledgeable public school principal in the country and appoint him or her to run the Department of Education. Would public schooling then be improved? Nope. Nothing would change. The dismal results would be the same. This is what these people just don't get. It doesn't matter who is selected to run the Department of Education. The results at the public-school level are going to be just as bad and grow progressively worse. There is a simple reason for that: public schooling, like all socialist institutions, is an inherently defective paradigm. Something that is inherently defective cannot be fixed. Attempts to fix it inevitably just makes it worse." (02/10/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/02/10/misguided-attacks-betsy-devos/

Pence casts tie-breaking vote to confirm DeVos as US Secretary of Education

Source: CNN

"Vice President Mike Pence cast a historic tie-breaking vote Tuesday to confirm Betsy DeVos as the next education secretary after the Senate was evenly divided over the controversial pick. The 51-50 vote ends Trump's toughest confirmation battle yet. Senate Democrats debated through the night and into Tuesday morning in a last-ditch attempt to derail DeVos, buoyed by support from Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine." (02/07/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/07/politics/betsy-devos-senate-vote/

US Senate: DeVos foes in furious push to defeat nomination, still one vote short

Source: Fox News

"Teachers unions, advocacy groups and others are jamming Senate phone lines, funding TV ads and rallying on the ground to stop Betsy DeVos from becoming President Trump's secretary of Education. But their efforts, at least for now, appear to be coming up one vote short. With her final Senate confirmation vote set for Tuesday at noon, the chamber still seems locked in a 50-50 split on the nomination. If that happens, Vice President Pence is expected to cast a historic, tie-breaking vote to confirm her. This scenario has DeVos'[s] critics going into overdrive in a bid to peel off one more Republican to vote nay." [editor's note: This is a controversy, while Sessions as AG only raises eyes among libertarians – SAT] (02/06/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/06/devos-foes-in-furious-push-to-defeat-nomination-still-one-vote-short.html

Will the Senate reject DeVos?

Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

"Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of education, got awful reviews for her performance during her confirmation hearing. But no one predicted her confirmation was anything less than a sure deal. Now, suddenly, she's in big trouble. The DeVos unraveling started late Wednesday when two Republican Senators who voted DeVos out of committee, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, said they can't back DeVos in a full Senate vote. Today, Republicans are scrambling to save her nomination by moving up Senate cloture vote to Friday with a confirmation vote by the full Senate 'likely the first vote of next week,' according to a report from Roll Call, to 'avoid working on the weekend of the Super Bowl.' Should the Senate vote result in a 50-50 tie, Roll Call notes, Vice President Mike Pence would cast the deciding vote to confirm her." [editor's note: It is still amazing how much more opposition there is to her than to Sessions as AG – SAT] (02/02/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170202/will-devos-lose-her-nomination-for-secretary-of-ed

DeVos nomination stands at 50-50

Source: Politico

"Betsy DeVos has no votes to spare heading into a looming confirmation vote next week. Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski said Wednesday they will vote against the Education Department nominee. That could very well mean a 50-50 standoff on the Senate floor — and Vice President Mike Pence being called in to put DeVos over the top. Republicans have a 52-48 majority, and no Democrats are expected to support the prospective education chief." (02/01/17)

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/susan-collins-betsy-devos-confirmation-234497

Why are Republicans backing Betsy DeVos?

Source: The Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"US president Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, faces a great deal of opposition to her confirmation. Most of that opposition comes from Democratic politicians and Democratic organizations. But if both parties stuck to their stated principles and goals, the Senate would vote 100-0 against her nomination." (01/27/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/9254

Educrat lobby claims more than 1 million emails against DeVos confirmation

Source: Washington Post

"The National Education Association, the nation's largest labor union, says that more than 1 million people have used an online form during the past three weeks to email their senators to urge opposition to Betsy DeVos, President Trump's nominee for education secretary. More than 40,000 people have called senators using a hotline the union set up to access the switchboard at the U.S. Capitol, NEA officials said." [editor's note: The Republicans have been promising to eliminate the Department of Education since 1980. They control the White House and both houses of Congress. What's their excuse this time? Why aren't they shutting DoE down instead of picking a new department chief? – TLK] (01/26/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2017/01/26/national-education-association-more-than-1-million-emails-sent-to-senators-urging-a-vote-against-devos/

DeVos SHOULD have said …

Source: Town Hall
by John Stossel

"Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, probably survived the grilling she got from angry Democrats last week. When Sen. Patty Murray demanded she promise not 'to privatize public schools,' DeVos replied, 'Not all schools are working for the students.' When Sen. Bernie Sanders asked her to make "universities tuition free,' DeVos replied, 'I think that's a really interesting idea (but) there's nothing in life that's truly free.' Those answers were fine. I suppose it's important for a nominee to be polite. But what I wish she'd said was: 'No, Sen. Murray, I won't promise not to privatize! Didn't you notice the mess government schemes create? Many government-run schools are lousy! Private is better!'" (01/25/17)

http://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2017/01/25/devos-should-have-said-n2276304

Does Betsy DeVos care about racial equity? We still don’t know

Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

"So Betsy DeVos doesn’t know much about education policy. Didn’t we already know that? Nevertheless, the hot takes coming after her rocky confirmation hearing for the US Secretary of Education nominee read as if people are genuinely surprised that someone who has never been a teacher, never run a school, never served as a public official overseeing education, and never been engaged in scholarly work on education is not terribly well versed in education policy. … The senators’ questions were indeed about important matters and should have been asked, and certainly the queries from the Democratic side of the committee were more worthy than the softball questions and vapid compliments from the Republican side." [editor's note: I am still seeing this as one of the hopeful signs for real reform – SAT] (01/19/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170119/does-betsy-devos-care-about-racial-equity-we-still-dont-know-2