Teachers Unions Denounce DeVos Confirmation

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Teachers Unions Denounce DeVos Confirmation
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Betsy DeVos was confirmed as secretary of education Tuesday, prompting backlash from some of the top national teachers unions.

The Senate approved her confirmation after a heated partisan battle over her credentials, prompting Vice President Mike Pence to cast a tie-breaking vote. The National Education Association (NEA) and other teachers unions warn her confirmation will be harmful to children and the educational system.

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“No other Trump cabinet nominee garnered the level of public opposition as Betsy DeVos and no other time in our nation’s history has a Vice President of the United States stepped in to cast the deciding vote on a nomination,” NEA President Lily Eskelsen García said in a statement. “More to the point, no nominee has united Republicans and Democrats the way DeVos has.”

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Eskelsen adds her confirmation will only embolden opponents throughout the education system and country. Pence breaking the partisan gridlock marked a historic vote. Vice presidents have the authority to break Senate ties but it’s never been done for a cabinet nomination.

“The level of energy is palpable,” García said. “We are going to watch what Betsy DeVos does. And we are going to hold her accountable for the actions and decisions she makes on behalf of the more than 50