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Trump Education Nominee Grilled On Calling Public Schools ‘A Dead End’

Posted 1/23/17

Charter-school philanthropist and U.S. Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos pledged to “be a strong advocate for great public schools” at her confirmation hearing, while facing tough questions from Senate Democrats on her past characterization of public schools as “a dead end” and her statement that “government sucks.”

Ms. DeVos testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Com­mittee Jan. 17, and many of the committee’s Democratic members, including Minne­sota Sen. Al Franken, said there were “serious concerns” about her aptitude for the role.

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