These two Republican women could be putting Betsy DeVos's nomination in jeopardy
Voucher programs enable taxpayer money to be used to help kids go to private schools. While DeVos has donated her time and money extensively to education reform causes over the years, she has no experience in public schools, and much of her time and energy has focused on school choice that provides alternatives to the traditional public school sector.
"This is not a decision I make lightly", Collins said.
Trustee Jessica Kelly drafted the resolution, modeled after one the East Lansing board of education passed last week.
DeVos faces fierce opposition from education and civil rights groups, many of whom have stood up to oppose her in just the past few days.
"He had wonderful women working for him when he was governor of the state of Tennessee at a high level", he said.
The vote was largely along party lines, with every Republican supporting Mr Tillerson and almost every Democrat opposing him. It's time for change and I believe Mrs. DeVos will be an agent of change in our system.
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"These three, Walker, Humphries and Holtz, all claim they care about public schools". "I'm concerned that Mrs. Devos's lack of experience with public schools will make it hard for her to fully understand, identify and assist with those challenges, particularly for our rural schools in states like Maine". "That is simply ludicrous".
Despite the Republican pushback, White House press secretary Sean Spicer expressed confidence - "100 percent" - that DeVos would be confirmed and added she was "unbelievably qualified" for the post.
When asked Wednesday for Senator Shelley Moore Capito's (R-W.Va.) stance on DeVos, Capito spokeswoman Amy Graham wrote in an email that the senator "will vote to confirm Betsy DeVos and looks forward to working with her to improve education for every student in every West Virginia school". Lamar Alexander, a Republican from Tennessee.
More recently, the businesswoman stumbled through her 17 January confirmation hearing, where she appeared unfamiliar with both federal disability law and educational achievement standards. "I didn't hear from anybody in support of her nomination".
Ethics watchdogs have also raised questions over potential conflicts of interest, as DeVos and her family have made political contributions amounting to millions of dollars toward Super Pacs and Republican candidates - particularly in favor of school choice.
This comes on the heels of a disastrous hearing in which, on the issue of guns in schools, DeVos cited threats from grizzly bears as one reason she would not agree that firearms have no place on school grounds.
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