Trump’s nomination of DeVos, a Michigan billionaire and major donor to Republican causes, has triggered a sharp partisan battle, and she has faced an unprecedented level of opposition for a prospective education secretary. Both of the nation’s largest teachers unions mounted campaigns against her immediately after her nomination, but opposition broadened after she stumbled over basic education policy questions during her Jan. 17 confirmation hearing. Parents and teachers have flooded the Senate’s phone lines and email inboxes in recent weeks, urging senators to vote against DeVos.
“The nation is speaking out.… Senators need to listen,” said Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association.
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