Protesters block Betsy DeVos in her first visit to a public school

The next video shows a group blocking DeVos' team from getting close to the school that she was expected to visit. "I understand why some parents are concerned". The Obama administration was micromanaging them to death and Congress intervened, but there is far more to do and she will likely help do it. Collins is a senator esteemed in vast influence at the national level, and she easily could have lobbied one Senate colleague to vote against DeVos.

Weingarten, a Democrat who opposed DeVos' nomination, said she welcomed visits to public schools by the new Secretary.

The left insists that she is "unqualified" for the job, since she isn't a career bureaucrat keen on continuing the track record of failure and wastefulness in America's public education system.

Lyndsey Medsker, the parent of two students in Brent Elementary, which feeds into Jefferson, said it was the "perfect place for the new secretary to see first-hand a public school that fell victim to the chaos of charters and a fervor for school choice".

Lawmakers were split down the middle in the confirmation process, so Vice President Mike Pence was forced to break a 50-50 tie.

Protesters gathered outside the Department of Education as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos prepared to deliver remarks to staff on her first day as secretary in Washington, DC.

I am greatly skeptical of Sen.

It's easy to ignore the host of issues public education faces, the least of which include resource inequality, curriculums controlled by non-educators and accommodating struggling students. I think it's great that families come out and others come out and make sure we do everything we can to protect it. It's why I voted a former elementary school teacher, Shelee Brim, into office last fall as my representative in the Kansas House. If DeVos has her way, we'll leave this behind for a system in which education is for profit and doesn't serve everyone equally. That's false. The Wall Street Journal points out that charter school students in Detroit do significantly better on state tests than those at regular public schools and that most of the top schools in the city are charter schools while most of the worst are the regular schools.

However, Republicans privately told a reporter that Collins waited to announce her opposition to DeVos until Republicans knew they had the votes to secure DeVos's confirmation, according to Politico magazine.

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