14 February, 2017
Protesters physically blocked newly-confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from entering a Washington, D.C., public school Friday morning. After DeVos was elected in a historic vote requiring a tie-breaker by Vice President Mike Pence, there has been some discontent in the activist community, according to the New York Times.
After promising in a July radio interview to be an important part of a Senate that would act as a series of checks and balances on President Donald Trump, Rubio has since chose to vote in favor of every single one of Trump's billionaire and millionaire cabinet nominees, DeVos included.
In her confirmation hearing, DeVos refused to answer Sen.
Two Republicans, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, joined Democrats in a marathon effort to derail the nomination of the wealthy Republican donor.
DeVos has previously worked to promote charter schools and school voucher programs, which her critics say would hurt public schools. What he and DeVos fail to consider is that with privatization comes lax regulation and these schools could eventually turn their backs on the students they're meant to help. "Her leadership and drive will deliver meaningful reforms and start a new chapter for all children - no matter race, socioeconomic status, or zip code - to have access to high-quality schools". The conservative billionaire is a radical Christian extremist who wants to use American schools to advance "God's kingdom" and use taxpayer money to fund Christian schools.
DeVos, for all the reasons listed above, provided Democrats the flawless opportunity to take their biggest stand yet against Trump.
Inside the school, DeVos toured classrooms and met with the school's teachers and principal as well as the district's chancellor.
" Like all of us, Mrs. DeVos is the product of her experience", Collins said on the Senate floor explaining why she'd be voting against DeVos.
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She added: 'I respect peaceful protest, and I will not be deterred in executing the vital mission of the Department of Education.
Senator Tim Kaine: "If you can not be a champion for public schools you should not be secretary of education". And as the stunning number of student names on charter school waiting lists demonstrates, the hunger for a better option than the local public school is anything but theoretical.
Neither DeVos nor her daughter have ever applied for federal aid, meaning that DeVos will be in charge of something she has likely never seen before entering office.
They arrived earlier in the day and greeted DeVos in peace, but with a strong message.
If you wanted to produce a parody of a bad nominee for President Trump's cabinet, you would be hard pressed to come up with one more outlandish than Betsy DeVos, our new secretary of education.
She also has a conservative background and has voiced her opinion favoring interjecting religion into the public school system in addition to deregulating charter schools - the former of which is not just unethical, but downright unconstitutional based on the separation of church and state under the First Amendment.
Another replied: 'In one of the thousands of public schools you're about to destroy'.