Two GOP Senators to Vote No on Betsy DeVos

Jordain Carney – The Hill:

Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) in dramatic back-to-back speeches Wednesday said they would oppose confirming Betsy DeVos as Education secretary.

Worse than her uncritical support for even mediocre charter schools (The Atlantic):

More than half of Detroit’s school-aged students attend a charter school, but last year fewer than 1 percent of the city’s schools were given an A or B+ grade, according to Excellent Schools Detroit, a clearinghouse for school shoppers in the Motor City. Eighty percent of the state’s charter operators are for-profit, which not only reduces financial accountability, but has also earned Michigan a nickname as the “Wild Wild West” for education.

is DeVos’ sometimes incomprehensible performance during confirmation her hearing. This is the woman, for instance, who can conjure a reason for carrying weapons on school property (The Washington Post):

Betsy DeVos, the Michigan billionaire who is President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary, made a curious case on Tuesday for letting local and state officials decide whether guns belong in schools. In one rural Wyoming school, she said at her confirmation hearing: “I imagine that there’s probably a gun in the school to protect from potential grizzlies.”

Betsy DeVos is one of the worst nominees put forth by Mr. Trump, arguably worse than Scott Pruitt for EPA head.

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