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ED Secretary Nominee Narrowly Wins Committee Vote

05 February 2017

The campaign was launched Thursday amid ongoing efforts to persuade the Republican senator to vote against the appointment of Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of education.

He had 30 seconds left, in what would be the only five minutes he had to question the Trump administration's pick to lead the nation's public schools during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Education Committee. If no Democrats break party ranks to support her, Vice President Mike Pence may need to cast a tie-breaker vote. "If the DeVos vote was based on the merits, including what constituents are telling their senators, rather than senators being scared of President Trump, DeVos would not be confirmed".

The President of the Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education sent a letter to Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow regarding Betsy DeVos.

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.

Alas, it didn't get through, but the office saw the pizza order after she posted it on Twitter, the newspaper said.

"Ms. DeVos confirmed to me that there will be no federally-mandated voucher program in the state of Kansas", Moran said in a statement.

DeVos, a GOP mega-donor long active on education issues, has been the subject of fierce opposition from teachers unions and other liberal groups opposed to her support for charter schools and tuition vouchers using public funds. She actually got more than that, over $66,000 from nearly 4,000 people in two days, the website says. However, in North Dakota, school choice is not the most likely solution to the very real problems public education is facing.

"She is regarded as an enemy to public education" since she has associated herself so closely to the private school choice program, said Jon Valant, a fellow at the Brown Center for Education Policy at the Brookings Institution. She also failed to ensure Senators that she would enforce civil rights law in schools, and when asked about gun control on school grounds by Sen.

Before Murphy had to hop a commuter bus to West Haven, which he likes to do when he's back in CT, he recorded a video with teachers on how they feel senators should vote on DeVos.

In a state with only a few dozen private schools, public education is essential to our future prosperity.

DeVos' nomination has infuriated progressives and teachers unions, who've have jammed the phone lines to Toomey's office at the Capitol.

The rest of the calls, she said, yielded busy signals or no answer at all.

And though Harris didn't vote for Trump, she hopes he stays true to his statements during the election and bring jobs back from overseas.

"Betsy DeVos has never set foot in a classroom, did not send her children to public school, can not distinguish between proficiency and growth, and thinks that guns should be allowed in schools in the event of grizzly attacks".

ED Secretary Nominee Narrowly Wins Committee Vote