WASHINGTON D.C. – Hawaii’s Senators are holding their ground in opposition to President Trump’s pick for the United States Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.
The office of Senator Brian Schatz said the Hawaii Democrat will participate in an all-night talk-a-thon on the Senate floor to oppose DeVos’ nomination. The Senate is set to consider her nomination on Tuesday in what is expected to be a tight vote, Schatz office says.
“It shouldn’t be asking too much to have an Education Secretary who will stand up for public schools and the millions of our children who attend public schools. That person is not Betsy DeVos,” said Hawaii’s other senate Democrat, Sen. Mazie Hirono.
Hirono took to the floor of the senate where she read aloud two messages out of the thousands she says she received from her constituents opposing the DeVos nomination.
“Although I would personally never consider applying for a job I am not qualified to serve in, it’s baffling to me that our new Commander in Chief thinks someone who has NO experience as a teacher or administrator could be remotely prepared to lead our nation in this role,” wrote Sandy from Honolulu, according to Hirono. “I don’t have to explain to you what a selfless calling being a teacher is, nor do I believe our Hawaii Delegation takes educating Hawaii’s keiki lightly, so I implore you to work with other leaders in DC to make sure we have a suitable nominee for this essential position.”
Hirono also relayed that a middle school principal on Oahu, Lorelei, said “Educators and students deserve a secretary who can commit to supporting every student in all public schools, and a leader that will work tirelessly to promote a public education system that provides each child with the optimum conditions for teaching and learning.”
“Betsy DeVos’ past work in education and her performance at the recent confirmation hearing demonstrated neither a depth of experience nor knowledge base in education policy and on critical issues facing the community,” Lorelei wrote, according to Hirono.
“I think that the games that are being played with Betsy DeVos are sad,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer during a February 1 press briefing. “She is someone who’s been a tireless advocate over the last couple decades to really support reforms that benefit children. And they are going to be the real winners with her as the Secretary of Education.”