This week, we begin to get a glimpse of how President-elect Trump's nominee for education secretary wants to change the nation's schools.
Bernard Sanders of Vermont, who are members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that will hold the hearing.
More troubling are her efforts to advance private charter schools, voucher programs, and donations to anti-LGBTQ groups, which, Henderson said, "demonstrate that she seeks to undermine bedrock American principles of equal opportunity, nondiscrimination, and public education itself", making her "wholly unqualified" for the position of secretary of Education.
There are few people who care more for children and who have done as much for them as Betsy DeVos, President Trump's nominee to be U.S. Secretary of Education.
For those of us who cherish public education among our democracy's greatest civic institutions, these are trying times.
Teepell said Monday the former governor and DeVos spent hours discussing policies that would allow parents to find immediate education alternatives, and DeVos offered advise and support from the federation.
Eileen B. Sigmund, CEO and president of the Arizona Charter School Association, is hopeful that DeVos' confirmation will lead to more charters. ("The best thing the Obama administration did was what it didn't do", education historian Diane Ravitch, a leading left-wing critic of Obama's education polices, told The New Republic in an interview last month.) Democrats should grill DeVos with the analysis of two political science professors from the University of Richmond-Jennifer Pribble and Jennifer L. Erkulwater-who wrote in The Washington Post Tuesday that vouchers fail even at their own objectives.
DeVos, in her remarks, cited her mother Elsa Prince, a public school teacher, as "my greatest educational influence in life".
MI has one of the least-regulated charter programs in the country and critics point to Detroit's troubles as one outcome of that.
Sen. Michael Bennet recognizes the increased education access that a strong charter school community brings.
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"Why, in 2017, are we still questioning parents' ability to exercise educational choice for their children?"
Duplessis said Monday she has attended conferences where DeVos and other federation officials were on hand.
"Parents no longer believe that a one-size-fits-all model of learning meets the needs of every child, and they know other options exist, whether magnet, virtual, charter, home, religious, or any combination thereof", she says.
In 2000, she was a major proponent of a failed ballot initiative in MI that would have amended the state's constitution to establish a voucher system for students to attend private and religious schools. She's also spent an bad lot of her time, energy and money to create a parallel system which has diverted taxpayer dollars to private religious and for-profit schools without any accountability.
DeVos and her family have given more than a million dollars to sitting Republican Senators, according to Federal Election Commission reports, as well as some $10 million more to Super PACs and party committees.
This was sent as a letter to U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich.
HASSAN: I'm going to listen carefully to what she says this afternoon in our hearing and see if she can address those concerns. But like several of Trump's cabinet nominees, Betsy DeVos doesn't come without some controversy.
One assessment after another details the failing state of America's public schools.
And here's a good explainer on DeVos' history in education reform.