With Sarah Huckabee Sanders no longer serving in the Trump circus, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appears to be the lone sociopath standing on bullsh*t mountain.
The billionaire sister of Blackwater’s Erik Prince (the sketchy creep who helped set up a secret Russia backchannel for President Trump) was torched by Senate Democrats over her proposed education budget.
Despite having absolutely no formal background in education (and therefore fitting in perfectly with the Trump Administration), DeVos was blasted by Democratic members of a subcommittee on Thursday for wanting to slash federal education spending by more than $6 billion. After all, you can’t have kids getting educated and realizing how screwed they are by Republicans like DeVos.
DeVos, in her opening statements before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, outrageously claimed that a $19.4 billion block grant program would “unleash new innovation at the state and local level, and continue to expand proven reforms, including public charter schools, magnet schools and student-weighted funding.”
This appalling lack of insight perturbed subcommittee ranking member Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.)
[This] budget you are here to defend fails to invest in our public schools, educators, students and families and ignores the voices of educators in my home state of Washington and across the country, Murray told DeVos in her opening remarks. Schools and educators have voiced their concerns time and again, she said. They do not have the resources they need to meet the needs of every student, nor are they properly compensated for the important work they do.
This is precisely why we need people who actually care about education and have a background in teaching running the Education Department, which is something former 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren strongly advocated.
Regardless of who the 2020 Democratic nominee is, lord knows they will make sure nobody like DeVos ever comes near the Department of Education.