U.S. Senators put politics ahead of children by voting to confirm DeVos

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Statement by Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper

"Despite partisan differences, we are aghast that members of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee would vote for politics in the face of what is clearly the better interests of our children. The vote was 12-11 on strict party lines with Republicans supporting DeVos.

"In confirming someone who has no education experience, no concept of basic education issues, and no ideas for advancing an education agenda other than expanding school choice, the Senate members who supported DeVos clearly demonstrated that they put politics ahead of children. This type of failed decision-making will have long term consequences for our children.

"We urge people to continue to call Sen. Rob Portman and ask him to put children first by voting no when the DeVos nomination comes to the full Senate. "