Trevor Noah: Wealth Will Determine Your Education Under Betsy DeVos

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Trevor Noah: Wealth Will Determine Your Education Under Betsy DeVos

Under Senate rules, a Cabinet nominee must win a simple majority of 50 senators to be confirmed - and the sitting vice president casts the tie-breaking vote in the event of a 50-50 split.

If one more Republican sides with Democrats against her nomination, DeVos will become only the 10th cabinet nominee in USA history rejected by Congress.

About 30 people stood at the Pentacrest to share their concerns about Betsy DeVos and her ties to private education. A Senate historian said it's a first for a cabinet nomination.

MEA president Lois Kilby-Chesley says the confirmation of Betsy DeVos poses a direct threat to public schools because the new education secretary favors charter schools. "I think that those things will give her the ability to come in with a fresh face".

Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski were the only conservatives with the courage to make the educated decision and vote no to her confirmation.

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Patsy Keever, chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, criticized the senators for their votes, saying the education secretary should be "a strong advocate for public schools".

DeVos, a MI school choice advocate, unexpectedly became one of Trump's most controversial cabinet picks after she stumbled at her confirmation hearing. DeVos was selected by the slimmest of margins and was only approved in the end by a historic tie-breaking vote from the US Vice President Mike Pence. But Democrats failed to persuade other Republican lawmakers to cross the aisle.

Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado called DeVos' nomination "an insult to school children and their families".

President Donald Trump's choice for Secretary of Education was confirmed Tuesday by the slimmest of margins.

"Her views are extreme", Schumer said, according to the Post.

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