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"I think accountability is highly important and I support accountability for all schools." said DeVos yesterday at her confirmation hearing. If President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos had it her way, that number would be 0%.

The Orthodox Union in a separate letter to the committee stopped short of endorsing DeVos, but said she "has a long history of advocating for and supporting" the reforms it favors in broadening school choice.

"Their game plan is to starve the public schools to name them as failures and to blame the teachers and therefore to move to the privatization of our public schools which I think is a very risky thing", said Collins.

"We're of course hoping for the best with Ms. DeVos, but her past actions have us forced us to prepare to fight to protect Alabama public schools".

LGBT groups also have protested Trump's choice of DeVos, saying she has funded conservative religious groups that support conversion therapy - counseling of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people with the aim of changing their sexual orientation.

DeVos' approach "flies in the fact of America's long-time, common-sense investment" in public schools, Wyden said.

In answering questions, DeVos said she has no experience managing a public school system or student loan program. It's not just that it's Elizabeth Warren, though.


"Why, in 2017, are we still questioning parents' ability to exercise educational choice for their children?"

The support of charter schools has outraged many Democrats, who believe the MI billionaire wants to dismantle public education.

DeVos did offer one new tidbit: that she was listed as a board member of her mother's foundation on federal tax forms because of "a clerical error".

In a letter addressed to the committee, 38 prominent education groups and teachers' organizations expressed concern that DeVos' track record bodes ill for public education.

Devos - as has been noted, for example, here, here, and here - could or would not answer basic questions about education policy, such as whether states and localities had to comply with a federal law protecting students with disabilities.

"Not much was said about the dismal results of charters in MI, where 80% operate for profit, free of any accountability and do not get better results than public schools". She was introduced by former Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, who praised DeVos and pushed for her approval. "I support the teaching of great science", she said.

On her wealth and conflicts: Like many of Trump's other wealthy Cabinet nominees (and Trump himself), DeVos has faced questions over conflicts of interest she could face in office. "Education should not be a partisan issue".

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