On Jan. 17 U.S. Education Secretary nominee and multibillionaire philanthropist Betsy DeVos appeared before members of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee for a 3 1/2 hour confirmation hearing in which the candidate’s qualification were assessed by committee members, as well as her current stance on numerous education policies.
Creating much hesitation among the Democratic Senate, while also stealing the headlines of mass media organizations across the nation, DeVos made waves with her controversial stances on key issues including the Individuals with Disabilities Act, which protects the rights of special needs students, as well as the 30 years and roughly $200 million that she and her family have allegedly donated towards the advocacy of school voucher programs and efforts made to privatize public schools, while also attempting to cut into public school funds for use in private sector education.
When asking local residents their opinions towards DeVos’ nomination and hearing results, residents stated the following opinions:
“I’m against having her as education secretary. First, I don’t believe in charter schools. I feel we should invest more into strengthening our public education system, and she is not about that.”
“Absolutely not! Her track record is not one of a person who should be heading the U.S. Department of Education. I fear that schools and students would suffer under her leadership.”
“I don’t feel that she is qualified for the position.”
“Trump said that he was going to drain the swamp, but it looks like he just brought his own alligators.”
“I don’t agree with her actions. Public schools should be strengthened, and religion should be kept out of the matter to ensure equality.”