Support for President Trump’s nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, crumbled Wednesday, as two Republican senators announced that they would not vote to confirm her, citing thousands of angry calls from their constituents.
The National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers’ union, said that 1 million people had used its online tool to email senators to oppose DeVos, and that at least 50,000 people had made phone calls since her rocky confirmation hearing. DeVos demonstrated a shaky grasp of some education policy issues during her relatively brief hearing. Democratic senators criticized her for never having worked in a school, and for not sending her own children to public schools.
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