Yet many of those senators received donations from Ms DeVos, her husband, parents and siblings, on the same day, amounting to larger total donations from the family as a whole. Why was the hearing rescheduled?
"We need to hear in detail from Ms. DeVos - a fervent advocate of vouchers and charter schools - what the administration's plan is for Title 1, which is specifically created to aid poor pupils and which New York City relies on to help serve our neediest students", Mulgrew said.
Jeanne Allen, founder and chief executive officer of the Center for Education Reform, called Weingarten's speech a "partisan rant by the leader of the first national union to endorse the Democratic nominee in the last election, and they lost". But the project took on more urgency when Trump nominated DeVos.
"Eighty-five percent of the students in the U.S. attend public schools". He said they'll investigate the matter and the paperwork will be amended if necessary.
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Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), who spent over two decades as a public school teacher and is part of the caucus, said at the press conference that DeVos' lack of experience gives her an "incredibly narrow view of public education in America".
K12 education was not a hot topic in the campaigns of 2016-in fact, it barely came up at all. "[Weingarten] claims that an agenda that promotes school options is anti-public education". The group hopes to attract more members in the upcoming days. Consider North Carolina's largest school district, Wake County, which moved recently to shift almost 20 lower-performing traditional public schools to become charter-like schools. "We see that in referendum after referendum in Wisconsin-where people are voting to fund their school districts", Pocan points out. And that's what we know before she's been fully vetted. "If you don't have a great public education system you really don't have equal opportunity". There is also the issue of scheduling, as the incoming Trump administration is trying to push through several controversial nominees in a short period of time.
Ruth Conniff is editor-in-chief of The Progressive.
State Senator Miranda says this topic, along with money going toward public education, will be among the topics discussed in our own legislative session, which begins Monday, Jan. 9.