Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Betsy DeVos confirmed 51 to 50

The highly controversial billionaire, school choice zealot Betsy DeVos has been confirmed as Trump's Education Secretary.   Two Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins joined the 49 Democrats to tie the vote at 50 to 50.   Vice President, acting as head of the senate, broke the tie making it 51 to 50.

Clearly unqualified and embarrassingly uninformed as to laws governing education, DeVos will nevertheless take her place in the Trump cabinet.   Although federal regulations do have a significant effect on public education, in fact the federal government contributes only about 6% of the overall educational budget of local schools.    State and local taxes provide the rest.


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