President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Education, Betsy DeVos, became in danger on Wednesday of being voted down in her upcoming Senate confirmation.
But a more likely scenario appears to be that Vice President Mike Pence - whose IN voucher program benefitted from the support of DeVos's political action committee - could cast the deciding vote. However, after her Senate committee confirmation hearing, Democrats for Education Reform President Shavar Jeffries said he was "deeply troubled". Both of those senators discussed those concerns during a Senate education committee vote Tuesday, when lawmakers voted 12-11 to advance DeVos' nomination to the full Senate.
DeVos did not attend public school herself, and she has never worked in a public school environment.
She says in her Senate career, she has only voted against one nominee in committee, because she says, he wasn't honest with her.
"I have serious concerns about a nominee to be secretary of Education", she said, "who has been so immersed in the discussion of vouchers". Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
In addition to the statements of opposition by the two Republican senators, a billionaire philanthropist and public education backer came out against her.
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Susan Collins of ME and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski are the first Republicans to vote against one of President Trump's Cabinet picks.
The Hill reports the final vote for DeVos will take place on Monday.
Fischer said she got assurances from DeVos.
Murkowski's decision was based on both an outpouring of responses from Alaskans as well as her own research.
"Due to her commitment to improve our nation's school system for all students and her focus on increasing parental engagement, I am supporting Betsy DeVos as our nation's next secretary of education", Sen. She has drawn the fire of teachers unions for her advocacy for charter schools and taxpayer-funded vouchers for private education.
Mark Desetti, director of legislative advocacy for the Kansas National Education Association, said Moran's vote for DeVos would be "a serious mistake with education in Kansas".