Following one of the most contentious confirmation processes for secretary of education the US has ever seen, Betsy DeVos was confirmed on Tuesday by the slimmest of possible margins — 51-50 — with Vice President Mike Pence casting the deciding affirmative vote.
The nomination of DeVos, a billionaire GOP donor from Michigan, elicited strong public outrage, spurring thousands of calls from constituents to their senators. Protests in opposition to her nomination cropped up around the US, and Democratic lawmakers on Monday held a marathon late-night session to oppose DeVos.
Yet, the secretary of education’s power is limited. Many areas of read more >>>