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Betsy DeVos Confirmed To Lead Education Department As Democratic Effort To Block Her Fails

Today the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as President Trump’s education secretary, 51-50. Vice President Pence had to cast an unprecedented tie-breaking vote, after hearings that became fodder for Saturday Night Live; after angry constituents swamped Senate offices with 1.5 million calls a day; after two Republican senators defected; and Democrats held the floor overnight in protest.

The 59-year-old philanthropist and activist from Michigan takes over the leadership and management of a federal bureaucracy with 4,400 employees and a $68 billion annual budget.

Now, the question is: How much will actually change for the nation’s 50 million public school students and 20 million college students?