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Devos Grilled By Democratic Leaders Over Her Advocacy For School Choice

Betsy DeVos, a Michigan advocate for school choice and vouchers and President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary, vowed Tuesday to protect any schools – public, private or otherwise – as long as they are working for students and parents and serving their needs.

Facing Democrats who questioned DeVos’ support of school choice and what it may mean for public schools, DeVos said she supports “any great school” – including public schools and those beyond what “the (public school) system thinks is best for kids to what moms and dads want, expect and deserve.”

DeVos, 59, stepped before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for a rare nighttime confirmation hearing, facing a broad spectrum of questions that ranged from early childhood education, free college and the Obama administration’s crackdown on college sexual assaults to her own personal beliefs about sexual orientation and any support she gave for controversial “conversion therapy,” which she denied.