President Trump’s pick for the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, may be in danger after two Republican senators shared on Wednesday that they will be voting against her.
DeVos, a billionaire with no personal experience with public education will not be supported by Senators Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska.) However, GOP Senator Dean Heller (Nevada) stated that he will support her nomination, saying that DeVos was “the right choice for this position.”
The next procedural vote is scheduled to take place on Friday, February 3rd. According to NBC News, it’ll be a close call to determine whether or not DeVos will be confirmed.
Republicans hold a narrow 52-seat majority in the Senate. Without Collins and Murkowski, DeVos’ nomination faces a 50-50 deadlocked Senate–confirmation requires a simple majority.
If the current vote count holds, it would set up an unprecendented tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence. A vice president has never cast a tying vote on a cabinet nomination, according to Senate Historian’s office.
Fit for the Job?
DeVos, an advocator for charter schools and voucher programs, has stated in a debate that she has had no personal experience with public education. In the same debate, you also stated that neither herself, nor her children, have ever taken out a student loan to achieve a higher education.
When asked by senators whether or not she believes that guns should be allowed in schools, she stated that she felt it was best left for the locales and states to device whether or not firearms belonged in schools.
Senators were trying to get a definite yes or no answer from DeVos on the topic of firearms rather than just a brief unbiased answer. When asked again she responded with, “I think probably, there, I would imagine that there’s probably a gun in the school to protect from potential grizzlies.”
NBC News states that her response was in reference to a comment Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) made about an elementary school in Wapiti, Wyoming, that had built a fence around the perimeter of the school to protect children from wildlife.
Someone who has no experience with public education whatsoever, student loans, and cannot give a definite answer when asked should definitely not be allowed to be responsible for the education of all students in America. The only grizzly I see in this is DeVos.
Teachers Strike Back
Educators across the country, especially those teaching in public schools, are peacefully protesting the confirmation of DeVos as Secretary of Education.
Teachers fighting against the nominee are uniting by wearing the color red to support public schools, their careers, and the students who need rely on public education.
Educators who are against the nominee believe that since they have experience with public schools that they are more qualified for the position than DeVos.
Kary Mack, a 4th grade middle school teacher in Kalamazoo, Michigan is one of the many teachers protesting against DeVos, according to Fox 17.
As public educators, we’re doing everything that we can. If wearing red is all that we can do today, then that’s what we’re going to do. But we’re going to fight for out kids no matter what happens.