In opening remarks, Betsy DeVos stresses support of parental choice in schools

President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with his pick for Education Secretary Betsy De Vos during a rally in Grand Rapids Mich. Friday Dec. 9 2016

Not only is that risky, but thanks to DeVos, charter schools in her home state of MI are under the least amount of regulation imaginable, yet soak up public funds. Elizabeth Warren - who's expected to grill Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos tomorrow - once advocated school choice much like the woman she is likely to grandstand against. Al Franken blasted DeVos for seemingly being unaware of the distinctions between proficiency and growth in student performance metrics.

After Murphy pushed DeVos about why she can't say definitively whether they belong, DeVos brought up a story Sen.

For Democrats looking to find out more about DeVos's views - especially regarding higher education issues - it was a frustrating hearing.

Republicans are pushing DeVos' confirmation process through, even though, like several of Trump's nominees, "the Office for Government Ethics - which is responsible for vetting presidential nominees for potential conflicts of interest - has not finished its review of DeVos's vast wealth and financial investments", as The Washington Post reports.

DeVos' confirmation hearings are scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday and she faces fierce opposition from union leaders and the Democrats who are beholden to them.

When Connecticut Sen. Chris Murray asked DeVos if she supported guns in public schools, she claimed it depended on the region. I've worked very hard on behalf of parents and children for the last nearly 30 years to be a voice for parents, a voice for parents and to empower to make decisions on behalf of their children, primarily low-income children. Franken explained that the question of which metric should be used in federal education policy has been a subject of debate for years.

"You wouldn't go to a doctor that has no degree in medicine, you wouldn't have your auto fixed by someone who isn't a mechanic, so I don't understand why we keep putting people in (charge of) education who have no background in it". She called Senator Bernie Sanders' plan to make public college free for all students an "interesting idea", but added "there's nothing in life that's truly free". "Somebody will pay for it". Like most of Trump's nominees, DeVos is remarkably unqualified for the role. The guidelines now require schools to use a lower standard of evidence - "the preponderance of evidence" rather than "beyond a reasonable doubt" - in administrative disciplinary hearings on sexual assault.

After eight years of strong advocacy work in the Obama administration's Education Department, the next era of the department is guaranteed to be more hands-off - a major concern for those on the left and a reason to celebrate for their critics on the right.

Pressed on whether she could say "definitively" if guns shouldn't be in schools, she referred to an earlier remark by Sen.

DeVos did not rule out stripping funding from public schools.

Should states be required to follow the federal law protecting kids with disabilities?

"If confirmed, I will be a strong advocate for safe public schools", DeVos said.



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