Hollywood types were quick to react to today’s (sorta) nail-biter confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education. Her Senate hearings last month were a trainwreck – senator and Saturday Night Live alum Al Franken called her “the most incompetent Cabinet-level nominee I have ever seen” – but only two Republicans voted against the party line. With the two independents joining the Democrats, that led to a 50-50 tie in the Senate, which was broken today in historic fashion by Vice President Mike Pence.
DeVos, who was born into a billionaire family then married into another, admitted during her hearing that her family might have contributed as much as $200 million to the GOP over the years. So what does it all mean? A woman who never attended public school, never sent her kids to one and has displayed a disturbing lack of knowledge America’s public school system now is in charge of the whole thing. Oh, and she has been vocal for years about supporting for-profit charter schools and vouchers.
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Well, at least she supports having guns on campuses to, you know, protect the kids from grizzlies. Anyway, here’s what some industry players are saying about our new Education Secretary:
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