ERIE, Pa. — President Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of Education was confirmed Tuesday by the slimmest of margins.
With the Senate divided 50-50, Vice President Mike Pence passed the deciding vote to confirm Besty DeVos as Education Secretary.
DeVos, the billionaire education activist, passed with the Senate’s consent thanks to Pence’s deciding vote, a first for any Senate confirmation.
Two republicans voted against DeVos — Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Maine’s Susan Collins. But in the end, it wasn’t enough to block the billionaire who’s come under fire for her lack of experience in public education.
The controversy over DeVos is not restricted to Washington, as her confirmation is not getting high marks from the leader of the Erie School District.
“We now have a Secretary of Education that really does not have a very, really any significant experience as an educator or managing schools or interacting in any way with the public school system,” Erie Schools Superintendent Jay Badams said. “That’s of deep concern to me and I think many other educators.”