Betsy Devos Appointment as Education Secretary

Video title: Public (School) Enemy No. 1: Billionaire Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Pick for Education Secretary

Video description: Donald Trump nominated conservative billionaire Betsy DeVos to serve as Education Secretary. DeVos is the former chair of the Michigan Republican Party and a longtime backer of charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools.

In response, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said, “In nominating DeVos Trump makes it loud and clear that his education policy will focus on privatizing, defunding and destroying public education in America.” Since 1970, the DeVos family has invested at least $200 million in various right-wing causes. DeVos’s father-in-law is the co-founder of Amway and her brother is Erik Prince, founder of the mercenary firm Blackwater.

For more, we speak to former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch, Center for Media and Democracy executive director Lisa Graves, and elected member of the Detroit Board of Education Tawanna Simpson.

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$13,420,000 to Heritage Foundation via her family foundation

It appears Billionaire Betsy Devos appointment as Education Secretary is being given as a “Gratuity” for all the Millions she gave to Republicans because she is clearly not qualified to fill this position.

Despite the fact that Devos is not qualified and Thousands of people protested against her appointment, ONLY TWO REPUBLICANS opposed her nomination.

Proving once again that it’s a MISTAKE to vote for REPUBLICANS because they don’t listen to their constituents and ALWAYS side with Big Business, Billionaires and Corporations.

People are expressing their outrage!

Devos was met with protesters when she tried to use the main entrance to a public school in Washington, DC. One protestor yells, Shame! Shame! Shame!  I think yelling YOU SUCK would be more appropriate.

Video title: What can Betsy DeVos do to American schools?
Rep. Dan Kildee joins Joy Reid to talk about DeVos’ record in Michigan and what she will have the power to do as she takes the helm at the Department of Education.

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Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown Demands Education Secretary Nominee DeVos Pay Ohio $5.3 Million She Owes for Breaking Ohio Campaign Finance LawClick here for Details

5 Reasons Betsy DeVos Sucks

Betsy DeVos is Trump’s new pick for Education Secretary, and it has become a very controversial nomination. Trump has shown time and time again that he nominates the most unqualified people to hold important positions (like his Attorney General, U.N. Ambassador, and head of the Environmental Protection Agency), and this is proof of yet another.

Opinion | Betsy DeVos Teaches the Value of Ignorance

In Ms. DeVos, the decades-long struggle to improve public education gains no visionary leadership and no fresh ideas. Her appointment squanders an opportunity to advance public education research, experimentation and standards, to objectively compare traditional public school, charter school and voucher models in search of better options for public school students.

Dems to DeVos: Pay $5.3M fine for campaign violations

A group of Democratic senators is calling on education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos to pay off $5.3 million in fines and penalties that her All Children Matter political action committee owes to Ohio for campaign finance violations.