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Filing shows Trump's education secretary pick contributed to Toomey's re-election campaign

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If one more Republican sides with Democrats against her nomination, DeVos will become only the 10th cabinet nominee in US history rejected by Congress. Voting margins are so thin that Pence, as head of the Senate, may have to cast a tie-breaking vote.

The statement says the board has serious concerns about the appointment of Betsy DeVos to Secretary of Education.

From the smallest strains of sentences, DeVos has displayed her lack of familiarity with education. "I have 100 percent confidence she will be the next secretary of education". Yet, they are becoming better known.

I urge citizens to be aware of what's at stake if Betsy DeVos gets elected Secretary of Education. However, Nikki Haley wasn't exactly an expert on foreign affairs when she, as governor of SC, was tapped by Trump and confirmed by the Senate to be the USA ambassador to the United Nations. Many charter schools in Detroit, where DeVos backed a variety of free market choice measures with less oversight than elsewhere, have underperformed public schools. Tim Kaine, D.Va., pressed her as to whether charter, public and private schools should be held to the same accountability standards.

DeVos responded: "Senator, I think we can work together and we can work hard in making sure that college and high education in some form is affordable for all young people who would like to pursue it".

She has, for more than 20 years, been promoting programs, laws and policies that enable parents to choose which schools their children will attend - whether these are charter schools, voucher schools or parochial schools.

"I've gotten nothing but busy signals", he said.

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The controversy over the nomination of DeVos, a MI billionaire, is the most ferocious of any education secretary in the almost 40-year history of the Education Department, and of any Trump nominee - and it is only likely to deepen until there is a vote early next week on the Senate floor. Pat Toomey's vote against DeVos.

DeVos has partnered with the Christian Reformed community in MI and is known for her push for private school voucher programs and more school choice.

"The more people who watched her performance in that hearing, the more they see how ill-equipped DeVos is to do the mission, the more outraged regular Americans have gotten", says Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers.

On Friday, the Senate voted 52-48 to send the MI billionaire's nomination to the full Senate floor.

On his way to work Friday, David Malone, a special education English teacher at Widener Memorial School in Philadelphia, did what he and thousands of others have been doing for several weeks.

The full op-ed can be read at The New York Times. One was the wide-ranging opposition from North Dakotans. Two Republicans have said they will not vote for her. I don't know [Devos] personally, but looking at her background, she seems to be one of the "haves" and we've got a lot of kids here that need attention.

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