DeVos Nomination to Go to Full Senate

The Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee voted 12 to 11 along party lines on Jan. 31 to send the nomination of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education to the full Senate for a vote. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, a member of the committee, voted against moving the nomination forward. Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey has publicly said he opposes the nomination.

Two Republican members of the HELP Committee, Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, voted in favor of sending the nomination to the full Senate, but said the next day that they will vote against her confirmation itself.

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Speak OutThe senators from Massachusetts have heard from thousands of public education supporters against the DeVos nomination and they are solid votes against confirmation. If you have friends or relatives in other states, ask them to urge their senators to do the same. Here are just a few reasons why.

FIVE REASONS WHY TRUMP PICK BETSY DEVOS IS WRONG FOR SECRETARY OF EDUCATION
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AN OPEN LETTER TO BETSY DEVOS FROM AMERICA'S PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS
DeVos has never worked in public education. Not for one single day. Nor has she ever attended a public school or sent any of her children to public schools — from The Huffington Post.

HOW TRUMP'S EDUCATION NOMINEE BENT DETROIT TO HER WILL ON CHARTER SCHOOLS
Betsy DeVos "was very eager to impose experimentation on students that she has not spent time with and children that she does not have consequence for.” — from The New York Times.

TWO REPUBLICAN SENATORS TO VOTE AGAINST DEVOS. Here is why Senators Collins and Murkowski will vote against the DeVos confirmation.

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ELIZABETH WARREN SAYS SHE'LL VOTE AGAINST TRUMP EDUCATION PICK
Senator Elizabeth Warren announced on Jan. 27 that she would vote against Trump’s pick for secretary of Education, charter school advocate Betsy DeVos.

SENATOR WARREN TAKES AIM AT TRUMP'S PICK FOR EDUCATION SECRETARY
Warren to DeVos: “There is no precedent for an Education Department Secretary nominee with your lack of experience in public education."
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SENATOR MARKEY CALLS ON BETSY DEVOS TO PAY $5.3 MILLION IN UNPAID FINES FOR ELECTION VIOLATIONS
Markey and other senators say group run by DeVos showed brazen disregard for election law to "avoid paying legally obligated public debts."

DEVOS INVESTS IN QUESTIONABLE THERAPY CENTER
As reported in The New York Times on Jan. 31, “A group of brain performance centers backed by Betsy DeVos, the nominee for education secretary, promotes results that are nothing short of stunning: improvements reported by 91 percent of patients with depression, 90 percent with attention deficit disorder, 90 percent with anxiety. …But a review of Neurocore’s claims and interviews with medical experts suggest its conclusions are unproven and its methods questionable.”