There is much rending of the garments and gnashing of the teeth by liberals, teachers’ unions and educrats everywhere, as Betsy DeVos was confirmed by a vote of 51-50 to be the new Secretary of the Department of Education.
Senator Johnny Isakson was one of the 51, and issued the following:
“Last year, Congress worked hard to return control of education to parents and local school boards, and Mrs. DeVos has demonstrated her strong commitment to follow the intent of Congress as implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act continues,” said Isakson, a member of the Senate committee that oversees education. “I appreciate her commitment to parents’ roles in education and school choice, as well as her statement of strong support for ensuring that kids with special needs get a personalized education plan. I also pledge to work with Mrs. DeVos in her new position to ensure the rights of all students are looked after moving forward.”
DeVos’ critics accused her of not having sufficient exposure to public schools, and being therefore “unqualified” to lead the DOE. But education blogger Amelia Hamilton took a different tack:
“If you think Betsy DeVos is going to destroy education in America, then we agree that the Department of Education has too much power.“