"Betsy DeVos has already met with each committee member in their offices, spent almost an hour and a half longer in her Senate hearing than either of President Obama's education secretaries, and is now answering 837 written questions-1,397 including all the questions within a question-that Democrats have submitted for her to answer", the aide said.
DeVos' confirmation hearing took place last week with Democrats saying they had been "extremely disappointed" in how the hearing unfolded. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, asked about her family's experiences with college loans, then noted that Trump past year paid a $25 million settlement to students of Trump University who complained that they didn't get what they paid for.
The Republican chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on Monday rejected a formal request from Democrats to hold a second confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, President Trump's choice to head the U.S. Department of Education. She's pushed the weight of her family's money around to expand poor-performing charter schools and increase vouchers to suck public dollars out of our neighborhood public schools in order to pay for tuition at private schools.
She also gave rise to an unintentional Internet meme after Connecticut Sen.
EdSource reports that experts in California said Trump's rhetoric undermines his lack of knowledge about public education in the United States, which puts him in line with other Republican leaders who have used such doom-and-gloom rhetoric to undermine support for public education. Says she is opposed to leaving kids trapped in failing schools.
For many, DeVos' hesitant answers on basic national education policies further showed that she was unsuitable for the role.
DeVos, 59, said she will seek to address rising higher education costs and massive student debt, but also advance trade and vocational schools as well as community colleges because "craftsmanship is not a fallback - but a noble pursuit".
The New York Times, however, highlighted the partisan back-and-forth during Tuesday's hearing.
During the hearing, Democrats also sparred repeatedly with Alexander about his insistence that each senator limit questioning to one five-minute round. Patty Murray, of Washington, the ranking Democrat on the committee.
She argued that the Department of Education's role should be to ensure the nation's public school system is "fully" and "equally" funded across school districts.
In a particularly sharp exchange, Sen.
As CNN reported, Murphy represents Newtown, Conn., the site of the deadly 2012 school shooting. DeVos has spent her career privatizing public education. Mike Enzi told earlier about a school in Wyoming that has fences around it to protect against grizzly bears.
Her statement that guns should not be banned from schools because of "potential grizzles" at a rural Wyoming school became instant fodder for late-night comics.
The comment drew some laughs in the room.
I am a product of a public school system in Pennsylvania. However, that vote has now been delayed until January 31, in order for senators to review DeVos' paperwork, according to Alexander.