There’s a lot to discuss about DeVos’s performance during yesterday’s confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. There’s one part in particular, however, that I’d like to share. It’s an exchange between the billionaire anti-public education activist and Senator Elizabeth Warren on the subject of how, as Trump’s Secretary of Education, DeVos protect against waste, fraud and abuse. [Warren deftly ties in the fact that our President-elect, up until recently, operated a fake university that swindled Americans out of millions.] Here’s what Warren had to say about the exchange on Facebook last night, followed by video of the exchange.
Also of note, in case you missed it, was the part of the hearing when Senator Bernie Sanders asked DeVos if she would you be sitting in front of their committee, being considered for this incredibly impertinent Cabinet position, had her family not donated millions to Republicans.
As I’ve said before, there are a lot of truly terrible nominees that are being considered right now, but this one is on us. DeVos is someone who we know, and it’s incumbent on us to make sure the rest of the nation knows the devastation she wrought in Michigan, and what she’s likely to do to public education across the United States if given the opportunity. So, if you haven’t already, please read my last post about DeVos, share it with everyone you know, and ask them to call their Senators, especially if they happen to sit on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and ask them to vote against DeVos, a far right religious zealot with a long track record of pushing initiatives that weaken public education and deliver poor outcomes for children.