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DeVos wins confirmation as Secretary of Education with help from NC’s senators, Pence

As expected, Senator Richard Burr and Senator Thom Tillis voted for Betsy DeVos in Tuesday’s confirmation. With an evenly split chamber and the 50-50 tie, Vice President Mike Pence cast the final deciding vote in favor of  President Trump’s nominee.

DeVos, a champion of charter schools and vouchers, will serve as the nation’s next U.S. Education Secretary.

For more on how she might impact education in North Carolina, read this piece from Policy Watch education reporter Billy Ball.

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  1. P goodman

    February 7, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Well I thought my days of protesting were long over, but at nearly seventy years old I think I have to start again. NC’s school system needs help but I don’t see that coming from a woman that doesn’t seem to know anything about public school education. And why would our senators vote for this confirmation? We need help for all children in this state and I don’t think our new education secretary quite understands that.

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