Betsy Devos con hearing

Betsy Devos confirmation hearing
Betsy Devos confirmation hearing

01/17/2017

VIDEO SOURCE: PBS NewsHour - YouTube

Published January 17, 2017
Senate Democrats on the chamber’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee pressed Betsy DeVos during her confirmation hearing Tuesday evening with questions about her financial contributions, her knowledge of federal education laws, and her intentions toward the nation’s public schools. Democrats complained that committee members had not yet received the proper paperwork on DeVos from the Office of Government Ethics prior to the start of the hearing, and made every effort to protest to committee chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) that they should be permitted another round of questions. The senators also presented DeVos as having a mission to end federal funding to public schools through “privatization,” i.e., allowing parents to utilize taxpayer-funded vouchers to “follow the child” to a private or religious school of their choosing. DeVos responded that she believed in “great” public schools and intended to support all schools that are providing children with a good education based on “outcomes.”


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