Public Education Is Doomed: VP Mike Pence Casts Tiebreaking Vote to Confirm Betsy DeVos

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Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Betsy DeVos, the woman who has no connection to public schooling or experience running a multimillion-dollar anything, was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday as U.S. education secretary.

The vote went to a 50-50 split after two Republican senators—Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska—went against their party and voted with their heads to oppose the Michigan billionaire, who has spent the majority of her time in education pushing for privately run charter schools. Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie to confirm DeVos.

According to the New York Times, this was the first time in history that the vice president was called to Congress to cast the deciding vote for a president’s Cabinet pick.


While DeVos has absolutely no qualifications to hold the position and bombed during her confirmation hearing, she is a large donor to President Asshat’s campaign and is a personal friend of the president. She also believes that teachers should be allowed to carry guns in class in case a werewolf bear or something tries to attack them.

There is no saving grace here; she is going to be tragic. And the worst part is that children are going to suffer. But she is rich and friends with the president—which is really all you need to run a major governmental agency in this administration.

Read more at the New York Times.

Senior Editor @ The Root, boxes outside my weight class, when they go low, you go lower.

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*insert head exploding gif*

*puts my head back together*

Root peeps please, please, please do not get discouraged (well, I’ll be sour for the rest of the day but I need to get over this quick!). There are so many things we can still do. I just found out that my MOC is having a town hall next week (oh, how convenient it was announced last minute) and my state hoping to override a veto on an important issue so I’ve been bombarding my state senators (who can be swayed quite easier because they have more of a direct link to constituents).

I’m not going to get fucked both ways (sorry, Stephen to be graphic). If you can get involved locally, do it. That is how we infiltrate. A bunch of us organized after the election and demanded that our MOCs meet with us. We won a small victory (seriously, I’m pissed it was announced last minute) with the town hall. This is a platform where we get to lead the discussion.

We can still hold the line. We can!

Also, fuck Mike Pence.