Her confirmation hearing, originally scheduled for January 11, was postponed to Tuesday so she could complete her ethics paperwork and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions can complete her background check.
DeVos is a primary proponent for "school choice", which would allow for parents to receive vouchers in order to send their children to the school of their choice whether it be private or charter.
The Senate confirmation hearing for DeVos is scheduled for today, January 17. Sen.
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said DeVos has an obvious antipathy to public schools and has "fought against any regulation that protected against cronyism and corruption".
President-elect Donald Trump's Education Secretary pick Betsy DeVos will face her Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday as critics question her financial dealings and fitness to handle to the nation's schools. While private schools must charge tuition, public schools are offering their service for free - paid for by the mandated tax dollars of those who may or may not gain any benefit from them. DeVos's late father, Edgar Prince, helped found the Family Research Council; her mother, Elsa Prince Broekhuizen, sits on the boards of the FRC and the Acton Institute, which sponsored a conference held by an antigay hate group.
Sigmund said she hopes a DeVos-run Education Department would expand the Charter School Program grant, which Arizona has been receiving for several years. In fact, Ms. DeVos' advocacy extends beyond just support for private schools; she actively opposes reasonable transparency for private schools, while championing decreased governmental oversight for private schools.
She has openly advocated spreading Christianity through education despite the whole First Amendment thing, and doing so by pushing school choice. But, it said, "given that California's vibrant and growing charter school sector affords parents their fundamental right to choose where their students go to school, we believe that vouchers would be at odds with the needs of California's public school system".
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Elsewhere on K-12, look for Alexander to ask DeVos friendly questions about her plans for school choice. "They have similar philosophies", he said.
"We're still going to go into the classroom and do what we need to do, because we know what's best for students", she says. (Mr. DeVos is a pilot of several kinds of aircraft.) Also, Mr. Trump's transition team acknowledged on Friday that Ms. DeVos had omitted from her disclosures to the Senate committee a $125,000 donation she made to a MI group that successfully opposed an initiative that would have made collective-bargaining rights part of the state constitution. Republicans also point out that Penny Pritzker was a major donor to Democrats and President Barack Obama before he picked her as commerce secretary.
Civil rights groups worry DeVos will roll back the Office for Civil Rights' efforts to ensure equity for students with disabilities and non-white students in public schools. In fact, measures that DeVos has advocated in MI have resulted in some of the lowest-performing charter schools in the country.
America's education system has been broken for a very long time.
But Greg McNeilly, a long-time aide to DeVos, said DeVos supports same-sex marriage and last donated to Focus on the Family many years ago, when the group was involved in character-building for children and "absolutely never" supported conversion therapy.
"It's not a matter of politics, it's a matter of children", she said.
And here's a good explainer on DeVos' history in education reform.