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Wyden declares opposition to education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos

The now-trending comment was made when DeVos, the western MI voucher and school choice advocate picked by President-elect Donald Trump to lead the Department of Education, answered a question about her position on guns in schools.

Donald Trump's nominee to run the U.S. Department of Education was asked this week about her support of the law firm that represented Dover Area School District in the 2005 intelligent design trial. I just want to play that exchange for people. Additionally, her lack of support for holding all schools receiving federal funds accountable only serves to reinforce our conclusion that her inadequate experience and missing record of support for students' civil rights make her unfit to serve as Secretary of Education.

But perhaps no two topics have surrounded DeVos more this election season than vouchers and charter schools.

The west MI native made the case for school choice and great public schools during her Senate testimony Tuesday, which lasted three and a half hours. She also said she would continue to champion school voucher programs if confirmed.

And she did an excellent job defending her philosophy of education: "For me, it's simple: Trust parents and believe in our children".

But according to the New York Times, DeVos has done great "damage" to public education in her state.

DeVos, 59, also said she will seek to address rising higher education costs and massive student debt, but also advance trade and vocational schools as well as community colleges because "craftsmanship is not a fallback - but a noble pursuit". DeVos told Murphy she believed firearms on campus are "best left to locales and states to decide".

DeVos is from MI, where she has spent more than two decades advocating for charter schools.

And the idea that we are going to potentially put somebody into the Department of Education who believes that it's okay for guns to be in our schools, for teachers to be armed, boy, I think that sends shivers down the spine of nearly every parent in this country.

"Why, in 2017, are we still questioning parents' ability to exercise educational choice for their children?"

Today senators, political and education experts continue to question her nomination.

On the Office of Civil Rights: Under Obama, the Education Department stepped up enforcement of civil rights policies and issued guidance on issues affecting transgender students. She was introduced by former Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, who praised DeVos and pushed for her approval. The Democrats didn't seem interested in her views on upholding due process for the accused. But DeVos' claims are at odds with her history, where she and her family have supported anti-LGBTQ organizations.



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