Democrats blast Trump's pick for Education Secretary

Betsy DeVos testifies before the Senate Health, Education and Labor Committee confirmation hearingBy Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats sliced holes in billionaire Betsy DeVos’s credentials to be the next U.S. Education Secretary at a confirmation hearing on Tuesday, raising doubts whether President-elect Donald Trump’s pick will win approval in the full Senate. The nomination of DeVos to head an agency that sets policy for younger children and universities and also administers a college financial aid program of $1 trillion has outraged Democrats who believe the Michigan Republican wants to dismantle public education. Teachers unions, a major constituency for the party, roundly oppose DeVos, a philanthropist and investor.


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