Mich. Senator Stabenow opposes Betsy DeVos for Education Department head

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D), Mich.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D), Mich.

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says she will vote against Betty DeVos as the next head of the U.S. Education Department.

The Michigan Democrat says she talked to DeVos. Stabenow says DeVos’ support for charter schools has “seriously undermined public education” in the state.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - DECEMBER 9: (L to R) President-elect Donald Trump looks on as Betsy DeVos, his nominee for Secretary of Education, speaks at the DeltaPlex Arena, December 9, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. President-elect Donald Trump is continuing his victory tour across the country. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – DECEMBER 9: (L to R) President-elect Donald Trump looks on as Betsy DeVos, his nominee for Secretary of Education, speaks at the DeltaPlex Arena, December 9, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. President-elect Donald Trump is continuing his victory tour across the country. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

DeVos, the former head of the Michigan Republican Party, is in favor of giving parents more education options. Her husband, Dick DeVos, started a charter high school in the Grand Rapids area that focuses on aviation and engineering.

The U.S. Senate will hold a confirmation hearing for DeVos on Wednesday.

Ed Patru, a spokesman for a group called Friends of Betsy DeVos, tells the Detroit Free Press that Stabenow and DeVos still can find “common ground” on education issues.

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13 comments

  • Chief Waukazoo

    The MEA is virtually part of the Dem party, they want to stay in power, it’s worked that way for a long time, maybe it has a chance to change this time, we’ll see. Certainly no surprise about Debbie, an automatic response, no thought required. It’s all about the MEA, no one cares about the kids!

  • steve

    Regardless, she’d oppose anybody Trump chose that is pure Republican. For her, if it ain’t Democrat she wouldn’t like anybody. She’s a pathetic photo op Democrat and nothing more.

  • No PC For Me

    Little Debbie doesn’t want schools teaching. They are indoctrination centers and the left needs them to stay that way.
    If schools started teaching again….oh the horrors

  • Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

    Debbie StabUsInTheBack – the only reason you are elected is because of the voter fraud in Detroit and Flint. Please go back to the hole you crawled out of and quit trying to destroy America.

  • Chris

    Republicans care about babies before they are born and democrats care about babies after they are born. With DeVos kids will be educated based on parents income. Parents will have yet more monthly loan payments even with voucher bailouts.

  • Bud

    Debbie Stabenow is looking out for the teachers unions and ignoring the education of our children because she can’t get support or money from children – but unions, on the other hand, are the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.