Blog Post #3

Vice President Pence called in to break tied vote

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Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence          Eastern Daily News

WASHINGTON – Betsy DeVos was elected as America’s 11th Education Secretary on Tuesday. For the first time in history, the Vice President was called in to break a 50-50 tie.

“She led the most effective public school reform movement over the last few years,” says Mr. Alexander, chairman of the committee which approved DeVos’ nomination.

According to WGRZ News, DeVos also needed the vote of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R – Ala., as attorney general. There were split opinions on DeVos, as all Democrats and two Republicans from Maine and Alaska did not think she was qualified.

President Trump says “Betsy DeVos is a reformer, and she is going to be a great Education Sec. for all our kids!”

CBS New York reports that DeVos is a wealthy Republican donor who does not have much support from many groups. It is feared by labor unions that she will destroy public education. She will do this by promoting charter and private schools funded by voucher programs. This fear is supported by teacher unions, who have protested the election of DeVos.

DeVos and her family did not go to public schools. The New York Times states that she does not have any experience or knowledge on public schools or laws pertaining to them. Her previous work has been done for charter, private, religious, and for-profit schools. She had vouchers which allowed students to pay tuition for these schools with tax money.

NBC Newsreports that the Democratic party spent all of Monday night emphasizing that DeVos has no experience with the public school system, including volunteer work. The two Republicans against the election of DeVos did not believe that she has the experience to understand the issues and other challenges currently facing public schools.

During the hearing on DeVos last month, Sen. Al Franklin, D – Minnesota asked DeVos a question in which she didn’t understand pertaining to her education philosophy. DeVos was asked if she was partial towards children receiving a proficiency grade level or if she thought that children should be measured on how much they grow during the academic year.

“She had no idea what I was talking about,” said Franklin. “I can’t overstate how central this issue is to education.”

 

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