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Senate committee approves nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of education

Senate committee approves nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of education

Despite getting read to absolute filth at her confirmation hearing earlier this month (seriously, "grizzly bears?"), a Senate panel on Tuesday morning narrowly approved Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary, MI billionaire Betsy DeVos, to proceed to a full floor vote later this week. DeVos has worked for decades to expand school choice in MI.

"Opening a complaint for investigation in no way implies that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has made a determination about the merits of the complaint", she wrote in response to a question on Title IX civil rights investigations. Betsy DeVos of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is known for her passion to expand school choice-especially where school's are reporting lagging in reading and math scores. Senator Al Franken called her hearing "the most embarrassing hearing that I have ever attended", and said, "This woman has less knowledge about public education than nearly anyone who has any interest at all in education". "Mrs. DeVos' support for diverting taxpayer dollars to private, religious and for-profit schools without accountability requirements is unacceptable, as is her failure to understand the challenges facing students with disabilities". She particularly noted her passion to help LGBTQ students who suffer from bullying, Fox 6 reported. The educational leadership organization wrote, "You - as an educator and an ally - can dramatically shift the school climate to one that is safe, supportive, and inclusive: a place where all students can learn, achieve, and thrive".

In another instance, DeVos' appears to have lifted language from the Department of Education website. "Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment that allows them to thrive and grow", Gupta wrote. According to the Washington Post, several of DeVos' answers to questions submitted by Sen. The vote required to confirm DeVos would be 51.

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Still, Murkowski said she would give President Donald Trump deference in voting his nominee out of committee while not making such commitment to how she would vote when the nomination comes before the full Senate. Alexander said she has answered dozens of times more questions - some 1,400 sent her by Democrats - and spent more time before the committee than any other recent nominee for education secretary.

She is also not the first Trump staffing pick to face plagiarism allegations since the President's election. However, the White House's lack of response seems to be generating distrust in media sources and officials, who are waiting for a clear answer. Until then, the nation is reeling because of unanswered questions and serious accusations.