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Chuck Schumer: Betsy DeVos Would ‘Decimate’ Public Schools

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced on Thursday that he will vote against Betsy DeVos's confirmation as secretary of education. Schumer said DeVos “would single-handedly decimate our public education system if she were confirmed.” He added, “Her plan to privatize education would deprive students from a good public education, while helping students from wealthy families get another leg up. It would deprive teachers of a decent salary, and it would make it harder for parents to get a good education for their kids.” The Republican and Michigan billionaire floundered during her hearing. She is dedicated to funneling money into school choice efforts. “I will vote no, and I will do it proudly,” Schumer said. Later Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said he will also be voting against DeVos, writing on Twitter: “We must strengthen public education in America, not destroy it.”