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If just one more Republican senator votes against her, billionaire donor and school choice advocate Betsy DeVos could be denied a position in Trump’s cabinet. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) have both vowed to vote against the nominee for Education Secretary as of last week.
Their decision marked the first time Republican senators crossed party lines to vote down any of Trump’s nominees.
“Her concentration on charter schools and vouchers… raised the question about whether or not she fully appreciates that the Secretary of Education’s primary focus must be on helping states and communities… strengthen our public schools,” Collins said.
“I am troubled and surprised by Mrs. DeVos’ apparent lack of familiarity with the landmark 1975 law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act,” she added.
Murkowski echoed Collins’ doubts about DeVos.
“I think that Mrs. DeVos has much to learn about our nation’s public schools, how they work and the challenges they face,” Murkowski said. “I cannot support this nominee.”
She also spoke to the grassroots organizing she’s been bombarded by in recent weeks.
“I have heard from thousands, truly thousands of Alaskans who have shared their concerns about Mrs. DeVos for Secretary of Education,” she added. “They’re very concerned that Mrs. DeVos will force vouchers on…