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On Detroit: Much of the criticism of DeVos has focused on her influence on schools in MI, where she has advocated for the dismantling of the Detroit school district and against new regulations for the state's charter schools.
Gym said she was concerned when DeVos, asked about the federal law that guarantees disabled children a public-school education, said that issue should be left up to the states. DeVos stands at the front lines of that fight, and we can expect she will be an excellent secretary of education.
She responded to a question about guns from a senator representing CT, the site of the 2012 Newtown school shootings, by saying that schools in Wyoming might want to have a gun to protect against "potential grizzlies".
"Over the course of her career as a major campaign contributor, soft-money donor, and lobbyist, DeVos has used her considerable wealth to influence legislation and the outcomes of elections to advance policies that have undermined public education and proved harmful to many of our most vulnerable students", the letter said. The DeVos family even donated to the Clinton Foundation at one point. The Huffington Post previously reported that her husband has supported intelligent design in schools.
"It's the only way you can justify a measure to get vouchers to pass".
DeVos, 59, also 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". "I think it's important that the person in charge of a financial aid program understands what it's like for students and their families who are struggling to pay for college".
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At PENNCan, a statewide education advocacy organization that skews pro-charter and pro-school choice, executive director Jonathan Cetel said he believes DeVos is "a principled believer in giving all kids options".
For me, her nomination is the right hook that followed the gut punch of Trump becoming our Commander-in-Chief. "The folks who say otherwise have a very narrow definition of public education". She repeatedly stressed that her support for policies such as private-school vouchers is about giving parents control over their children's education.
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She skirted Sanders' question on whether she would support making child care free or much more affordable for low-income families as is the case in many countries around the world, saying only that she feels strongly about "parents having an opportunities for child care for their children".
Despite all of the controversy her Tuesday hearing may have stirred, DeVos is not without her supporters. She was introduced by former Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, who praised DeVos and pushed for her approval.
"I fully embrace equality and I believe in the innate value of every human being", she said, adding that she'd hope the committee members wouldn't hold her responsible for contributions made by her extended family members.