Trump’s pick for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, is a strong advocate of school choice.
Which means she’s a direct threat to teacher unions.
The two Republican senators who are claiming they won’t vote for DeVos are strongly backed by . . . Wait for it . . .
What a surprise!
The Daily Caller reports:
Republicans Voting Against DeVos Are Backed By Teachers Unions
Two Republican senators who said they would not vote to support Betsy DeVos Wednesday have a friendly history with teachers unions.
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine both announced Wednesday that they would not support Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Education,.
Murkowski was endorsed by the Alaska chapter of the National Education Association (NEA) in her 2016 campaign for Senate. The group, which represents 12,000 members who work in Alaska’s public schools, praised Murkowski for her “consistent commitment to improving public education.”
A former Parent Teachers Association president in Anchorage, Murkowski said that she has received an “explosion of calls in the past week,” pertaining to DeVos. She said she had received 30,000 calls over the past week, but could not say how many were from her home state of Alaska.
Collins, who has served in the Senate since 1997, received an “A” grade from the National Educators Association (NEA)in 2008. The “A” grade is the highest possible, according to the senator’s own press release. It is based on her voting record and “her co-sponsorship of legislation critical to NEA’s identified legislative priorities.” The “A” rating was also the result of “effective behind-the-scenes advocacy.”
Draining the swamp applies to education as well as anything else.
Teacher unions have way too much power. And they put their interests ahead of the very children they are supposed to care about.
This needs to stop.