Betsy DeVos, a potential disaster for the autism community

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"I don't think you will find one human being who could actually point to something who could say, 'Because she did this, it really improved those traditional, neighborhood public schools", Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the NEA, said.

Most protesters main concern with the Trump nominee is funding.

With a Senate Republican majority, DeVos's confirmation is widely seen as a certainty.

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of ME has not said how she will vote on DeVos.

Senate Democrats, by and large, have fallen in line with the overarching narrative, one that both exaggerates her influence in Detroit schools and underplays the partisan underpinnings of the battle, as Alexander Russo pointed out in an elegant takedown of DeVos's "problematic media coverage". No Republican has signaled opposition to her confirmation. Elizabeth Warren, were among those who grilled DeVos.

DeVos' tepid stance on enforcing current Title IX sexual assault laws also concerned Casey, who worked to pass into law the Campus SaVE Act, which set consistent reporting standards for sexual assaults on college campuses.

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Halberda said she wasn't representing any activist groups, but local groups represented at the rally Monday included the National Action Network, NAACP, The Coalition, Showing Up for Racial Justice, Indivisible Charleston, and the South Carolina Progressive Network.

Casey's Republican counterpart, Sen.

The North Dakota University System declined to comment on whether it supports DeVos' nomination.

Brouillette, a former teacher, called DeVos a "passionate" advocate for education. If they don't, PowerToPublic will add them to a list of organizations they say do not support public school values so that school district purchasers can make more informed decisions when making or renewing contracts. Casey has said he will vote no on DeVos. Our communities will not endorse a leader uncommitted to providing exceptional public education for all of our students.

"A lot of folks are exhausted of the same old same old", he said. He said he welcomed the opportunity to have Washington's support in fighting for school choice. "This was not a nominee I was willing to give the benefit of the doubt".