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DeVos confirmed as Secretary of Education, Pence breaks tie vote




WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was confirmed Tuesday in an historic tie vote that was broken by Vice President Mike Pence's support. 

Teachers unions pushed hard to block DeVos, concerned that her past supporting non-government schools could weaken their control of schools and taxpayers pocketbooks. 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner voiced his support for DeVos, as did former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who released a statement after the Senate vote. Bush now leads the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

“I congratulate Betsy DeVos on her confirmation as our nation’s next Secretary of Education. The President made an excellent choice to lead the Department of Education, Bush said.“Millions of families share Secretary DeVos’s vision for disrupting a failed status quo that has denied too many children access to a quality education.  It’s time to upend the entrenched special interests that put adults above genuine reforms that will raise student achievement.  

“I hope the senators who opposed Secretary DeVos’s nomination will now put aside the tired arguments of the unions and come together to prioritize the needs of students.  

“Under Secretary DeVos’s leadership, I am confident the federal government will loosen its grip on our education system and return power to the states and parents where it rightfully belongs.” 


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  1. If you think that the leftist teachers’ union cabal has been hysterical up to now, just look at their response to this. They will be wildly apoplectic.
    It should make you wonder why people, so unhinged, should be allowed to come in contact with impressionable children.

  2. so unqualified. [aid for her position. Corrupt.
    Just like his other picks. Chosen to destroy and decimate the public educational system not help it.
    Uneducated folks whether you like it or not a well known GOP supporters. They want to keep the trend going further.
    Ask yourself why the GOP does anything and you get that it has nothing to do with working people AT ALL.
    Only an authoritative regime would shame public school teachers and consider them the enemy. Because knowledge is power and a means to being down the regime.
    You’re a complacent brown shirt.

  3. [aid for her position… whether you like it or not a well known
    What in the world are you talking about? How often do you drink before typing? And you have the nerve to call other people uneducated?
    Tell us… The poor, uneducated urban minorities … Are they voting Republican?
    You are a hypocrite and a Chicago Public School graduate. And an uneducated pinko.

  4. You think she isn’t qualified because she isn’t like the Obamanation’s worthless secretaries of Education…. both of Obama’s picks are CommieCore COMMUNISTS !!
    Arne Duncan was an embarrassing abject failure as head of the Chicago Public schools….

  5. Clown, the public “education” system has been destroyed for years. It’s now an INDOCTRINATION system. Students are supposed to “express feelings” not to THINK and REASON.
    The Clinton and Obama administrations were about as authoritarian as you can get, especially when Obama used executive orders to write his own laws, and to alter laws already standing.
    If that isn’t “authoritarian” (DICTATORIAL) then what is YOUR definition of it?