Democrats have been freaking out over the choice of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. The reason is simple. She’s an advocate of school choice. Teacher unions, which support Democrats almost exclusively, see school choice as a threat to their power.
The fight is over now. DeVos has been confirmed.
The Associated Press reports:
DEVOS CONFIRMED AS EDUCATION SECRETARY AS PENCE BREAKS TIE
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed school choice advocate Betsy DeVos as Education secretary by the narrowest of margins, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie in a historic vote.
Two Republicans joined Democrats in the unsuccessful effort to derail the nomination of the wealthy Republican donor. The Senate historian said Pence’s vote was the first by a vice president to break a tie on a Cabinet nomination.
Democrats cited her lack of public school experience and financial interests in organizations pushing charter schools. DeVos has said she would divest herself from those organizations.
Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska fear that DeVos’ focus on charter schools will undermine remote public schools in their states.
This is a major “drain the swamp” moment.
Teacher unions are about to lose a lot of their political power.
That’s a good thing.