She had an unpleasant day of hearings, but it appears that one day is all she’s going to have to endure. The Democrats on the committee
repeatedly cried foul that Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) limited their questions to one round of five minutes each.
But Alexander, a former education secretary under President George H.W. Bush, defended the process and DeVos, saying her views on charter schools were similar to those of recent presidents of both parties since Bill Clinton. “I believe Mrs. DeVos is in the mainstream of public opinion on the best way to help children succeed, and her critics are outside of it,” he said.
He quashed Democrats’ objections about the hearing, saying he was giving senators the same opportunity to question DeVos, as they had gotten with Barack Obama’s education secretaries.
Of course, Lamar! is conveniently forgetting to mention that both of Obama’s nominees for Secretary of Education had years of experience in public education, whereas Ms. DeVos has none whatsoever. Arne Duncan had been Superintendent of Public Schools in Chicago for eight years and had been head of several education initiatives as well as a public school before he was appointed in Obama’s first term, while John King taught at Boston high schools, opened and managed a charter school there for another five years and was Commissioner of Education for the State of New York for four years before becoming Deputy Secretary of Education at the Federal level in 2015.
Of all the nominees Trump has selected, I think this lady is the least qualified to do the job as it’s always been done. Unless Ben Carson is. If he wants the departments destroyed and dismantled, they may be just right.