Sen. Jack Reed has joined Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse in voting against President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Department of Education Secretary.
Late January, Sen. Jack Reed has joined Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse in voting against President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Thus far, no other names have said how they would be voting on the Education Secretary. Despite strong opposition from Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
“Ms. DeVos flunked her confirmation hearing and is not the right person for the job,” Reed said in a statement Friday. He went on that her background and her testimony before the Health, Labor, Education and Pensions Committee did not, “inspire confidence that she has the experience or vision necessary to oversee national education policy, including higher education and the management of a $1 trillion student loan portfolio.”
Betsy DeVos has been under fire ever since her hearing earlier in the month. “I don’t think that is fair to students and I don’t think Ms. DeVos should be confirmed to lead the U.S. Department of Education,” Reed said. “I will vote no.” Reed also said he feared that DeVos would take resources away from public schools and students all the while directing them toward for-profit schools that align with her views.
If this is true it would affect so many American families as it would from K-12 and into college universities. In 2016 and early 2017 we have started to see some of these for-profit schools taken to court and in a lot of cases – repaying students who felt mislead. In fact, there was an Obama project in place for students who felt defrauded. The rule put in place was called borrower defense, and it made it easier for students to claim wrongdoing on the part of for-profit colleges to receive loan forgiveness for those wrongdoings.
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