Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine took to the Senate floor earlier today to announce that she will refuse to vote for Betsy DeVos to be the Secretary of Education.
Collins said, “this is not a decision that I made lightly. I have a great deal of respect for Mrs. DeVos…I simply cannot support her confirmation.”
Collins has received massive pressure from the Maine Education Association.
Collins explained her opposition to DeVos:
Her concentration on charter schools and vouchers raises the question of whether or not she fully appreciates that the secretary of education’s primary focus must be on helping states and communities, parents, teachers, school board members and administrators strengthen our public schools.
There remain other questions about Mrs. Devos’s knowledge of certain education laws. While it is unrealistic and unfair to expect a nominee to know all of the details of such programs, I was surprised and concerned about Mrs. Devos’ apparent lack of familiarity with the landmark 1975 law, IDEA, that guarantees a free and appropriate education for children with special needs. Therefore, I will continue to evaluate this nomination before it comes to the floor, even as I vote today to advance it so that all of our colleagues have the opportunity to assess this nominee.
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