Two Republican senators break rank to oppose Betsy DeVos. Will that be enough to doom confirmation?

Georgians opposed to Betsy DeVos took their fight to the Senate offices of David Perdue this week. (Elizabeth Lenhard photo.)

Targeted by massive voter outreach, two Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, told their Senate colleagues today they will not support Betsy DeVos for education secretary.

Their willingness to buck the GOP alliance behind DeVos, a Michigan billionaire and major political donor, reflects the mounting public outrage over her selection by Donald Trump. With no education background and a longstanding commitment to getting kids out of public schools, DeVos drew so much resistance that Georgians could not even get through on several days to their senators to leave messages.

Despite her support of charter schools, DeVos even faced opposition from charter groups because of her defense of the for-profit sector and her battle to limit accountability in her home state of Michigan.  That lack of accountability has led to Michigan having more for-profit charters than any other state and Detroit, where most of the charter schools are located, having some of the lowest-performing.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Murkowski said, “I think that Mrs. DeVos has much to learn about our nation’s public schools.”

WIth every Democrat expected to vote “no” on DeVos, her confirmation becomes less assured. However, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said, “I am 100 percent confident she will be the next secretary of education.”

That becomes trickier now that two of the 52 GOP senators have bailed. There are 46 Democrats and two independents in the Senate.  If there is a tie, Vice President Mike Pence casts the deciding vote, which will give DeVos the job.

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Ernestine Tye
Ernestine Tye

Hope she gets it!! She would make a great Secty ofEducation.

Carol Niewinski
Carol Niewinski

Two jealous women. Of course, they don't want to be outdone by another woman..

Ronald Stevison
Ronald Stevison

It will be enough to get them fired by the American people

Carla Brooks
Carla Brooks

Please learn what common core is before you comment about it. It is not a federal initiative. It was developed by a coalition of states guided by their governors. Betsy Devos is not qualified for this position but if she is confirmed, she will not be able to do anything about common core. Please take the time to learn about a topic before opposing or supporting it. That is what education is about- learning!

David Thead
David Thead

Yea... well the crazys on the right today would consider Regan a democrat so that's not saying anything

Leah DeGraw
Leah DeGraw

Besty DeVos did the state of Michigan a favor. Before she got involved 93% of high schoolers who graduated were illiterate. 96% can not do simple math. Talented students in the state of Michigan had to leave the state to get a proper education. She's a great pic.

Leah DeGraw
Leah DeGraw

Jeffrey Moore. Kudos to you big boy. Just wanted to see how many people would catch that. You deserve a participation trophy.

David Thead
David Thead

Anyone with a brain knows that the numbers that you just threw out are utter BS!

Rusty White
Rusty White

Leah DeGraw you can't fixs stupid and them two clowns are definitely stupid.

Leah DeGraw
Leah DeGraw

David Thread. It's news media BS. Look it up. One will say big numbers and then some say 47%. If you are talking numbers 1% is too many. It needs fixed. Betsy DeVos has been an advocate for charter schools and public schools in the Detroit area because public schools have been failing miserably.

Jeffrey Moore
Jeffrey Moore

She a great "pic?" Of course you think she's great.

Joy Orr
Joy Orr

Don't NEEDS VOTES WHEN THE PEOPLE RISE UP FOR TRUMP.HOW MANY MILLIONS VOTERS FOR TRUMP DURING THE ELECTION??? All President TRUMP VOTERS NEEDS TO STAND-UP AND HELP THE PRESIDENT.+ It will be done As we wants to be. No need next election.or don't Wait to the next election.IF WE REALLY WANTS TO TAKE BACK AMERICA.JUST DO IT THE PEOPLES POWERS.CAN SOLVE THIS SCARES MONGERING TACTIC.

Drew Presley
Drew Presley

You call us dumb, look at the idiots you voted in lmao

Rachel Ann
Rachel Ann

Is there a petition or something for Georgians to get their voices to the our Senators?

Octavia Evans
Octavia Evans

Common core may be a Joke..But Betsy being in THAT position, is an even bigger Joke.

Bobby Taylor
Bobby Taylor

She bought her self an interview and something is wrong with that. This is not an alternative fact.

Barbara Carollo Underwood
Barbara Carollo Underwood

If you'd like to call Johnny Isakson to voice your opinion .... (770) 661-0999 or (202) 224-3643

Harold Bell
Harold Bell

Top Republicans,Collins has been rino for yrs and the other grabbing headlines,unknow rino

Rusty White
Rusty White

If that was the case Obama wouldn't have wasted eight years of the American people.

Shirley McLendon Poole
Shirley McLendon Poole

At least she realizes common core is freaking ridiculous. Just that makes me feel a little better.

Shirley McLendon Poole
Shirley McLendon Poole

No, it's about my grand children. And future ones. Your child will excell if they teach math correctly.

Elizabeth Allen Theobald
Elizabeth Allen Theobald

Have you listened to any of her confirmation hearings? What's wrong with standardized education? Have you or your children ever moved from one state to another during school years? I know first hand it isn't easy. I get frustrated trying to help my 2nd grader with homework but that is because I didn't embrace the change. She is thriving. It's not about you.

Mara Aed
Mara Aed

Hey. She wants to get rid of common core, the most stupid way to teach math ...... previous idiot did not, so we are ahead with her

Drew Presley
Drew Presley

You're not ahead with her. She's a blubbering idiot. She's never even been inside a public school.

Mara Aed
Mara Aed

Hey, American schools are the worst in the world. If that is what you get but having leaders from public schools than good for you! I want to wait and see. N.1 goal in schools right now is to get rid of common core. Most stupid way to do math. She accomplished that....

Lynne Collins
Lynne Collins

wonder how much money they got from the teachers unions

liberal4life
liberal4life

While you are doing that, check how much Mrs. DeVoe gave to the Republican senators, too.


Steven Knight
Steven Knight

Will our Senators from this state grow a spine and join the "no" vote, please?

BurroughstonBroch
BurroughstonBroch

Why should they do that? The teacher's unions support their opposition.

Rachel Ann
Rachel Ann

What's the number to call for those of us who don't know???

Mike Cap
Mike Cap

Sen. Diggler: (505) BIG-DONG