Pizza order for Sen. Orrin Hatch: Hold the anchovies and the Betsy DeVos nomination

How hard has it been for opponents of education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos to reach their senators with all the “vote no” calls flooding the lines?

So hard that Utah resident Julia Silge resorted to ordering a pizza to be delivered to Sen. Orrin G. Hatch after she couldn’t raise anyone on the phone in the Republican senator’s Salt Lake City office. His voicemail was full.

Silge included a note with the pie, “From a Salt Lake constituent in 84105: Please vote NO on Betsy DeVos. She is an inappropriate choice to lead our public schools.”

The delivery person tried to get the pizza to its intended recipient– perhaps spurred by Silge’s $10 tip — but the pizza didn’t make it past security.

According to the Washington Post:

A spokesman for Hatch’s Washington office told The Post on Monday that they actually saw the pizza saga on social media as it was unfolding.

“We appreciate all creative efforts to reach Senator Hatch, particularly as we deal with a large volume of out-of-state callers that are preventing Utah constituents from reaching us,” Hatch’s office said in an email statement. “Unfortunately, the pizza did not make it through security screening because the office had not ordered it. As a result, we did not see the message attached to the pizza.”

They have, however, since informed Hatch about Silge’s concerns. “In the future, if constituents would like to tag us with a message when they send food to their local homeless shelter, we will be certain to share those thoughts with the Senator as well,” the statement added.

Silge chronicled her unique outreach to her senator on social media:

pizza

In a last-ditch effort tonight, Democratic senators have commandeered the Senate floor to use every second until the confirmation vote Tuesday afternoon to highlight the case against DeVos. They are hoping another “no” vote will materialize overnight. Now, the Senate stands split on DeVos at 50-50, which means Vice President Mike Pence would serve as the tie-breaker in her favor. With one more GOP defection, DeVos would be defeated.

Opponents are trying to change the minds of Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada and Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. So far, neither has indicated a willingness to break party ranks.

 

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Chuck-U Schumer
Chuck-U Schumer

Betsy DeVos isn't the only good news in recent days. 

Missouri became the 28th state to enact Right to Work legislation freeing teachers forced into union membership to get or keep a teaching job.

gagata
gagata

Parents and students rejoice! Look forward effective school reform! Hello choice, goodbye autocratic rule. Now let's get started with meaningful changes that will lift all students out of the diploma mills.

Astropig
Astropig

@gagata


This is good news...But I would caution anyone excited about this pick not to expect miracles.A bureaucracy is going to protect its turf just as bitterly as we've seen the unions do in this fight.


The simple fact is that Washington can't really just order too much of local school systems.They have to use carrots a lot more than sticks.I am heartened that President Trump made a special point of emphasis that he would earmark money for the advancement of choice and empowerment initiatives in his administration.I'm hoping that a friendly congress will smile on this and loosen the purse strings enough to give that idea some real power.After standing together to get Ms. DeVos in the job,my guess is that they will give her some ammunition to do her job right.Here's hoping.

Starik
Starik

@Astropig @gagata Why do we have such a fragmented school system? It leads to some systems that educate kids, some that have excellent football, and some that do nothing well.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

She's in.  Pity.  Americans will have to learn through falling to the pits, it seems.

Chuck-U Schumer
Chuck-U Schumer

So GAE/NEA members have once again seen their dues money squandered on a lost partisan cause. As if Hillary's campaign wasn't enough.

And Betsy DeVos is our new Secretary of Education.

Astropig
Astropig

@Chuck-U Schumer


You know that somethings very different when the Republican party will actually fight to get their nominee confirmed.In the old day,like,say, last summer,they would have caved to the astroturf pressure and we would have forgotten Ms. DeVos's name by now.They would have pitched her under the (school) bus weeks ago.


I'm very encouraged.She's a great pick.


Dr. Thomas Sowell agrees. His piece this week on school choice and parental empowerment has me jazzed and enthused like nobody's business. It's worth a look:


http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2017/02/04/education-at-a-crossroads-part-ii-n2281489

Starik
Starik

@Astropig @Chuck-U Schumer Thanks for the article. If poor black kids have the abilities that other kids have let's given them schools that work; we owe them that. If they won't learn, or can't learn, let's deal with that.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Betsy DeVos is singularly UNQUALIFIED to be the Secretary of Education.  Absolutely, positively, without a doubt, she can bring NO SKILLS, NO SUBSTANTIVE KNOWLEDGE to the post.  A blonde, bobble-headed, wealthy woman. Period! 

bu22
bu22

@Wascatlady Aren't you being sexist?  Dumb blonde stereotype????

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

From ProudParent01, below:


"We need to praise our teachers like we praise our soldiers. Stop putting down public schools. They are the best for our children."

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Thank you for your insight.  Today, in the online AJC, five articles on the Super Bowl were featured.  That many different articles on the Falcons' loss in the Super Bowl would not be featured in the AJC if the populace in Georgia and in the Southeast placed more emphasis on ideas and intellectual development as they do in sports.


Moreover, anti-intellectual priorities in our nation over ideas that effect the flow of history is what is I mean by the problem is with our society, not with our public schools.

Astropig
Astropig

These Republican senators know that even if they break ranks and vote against the DeVos nomination,the NEA will fund their opponent next year or the election after that.That's probably the biggest factor keeping them in line.When the teachers union(s) only support your opponents,you have nothing to lose by keeping your friends happy.


It's starting to look like the unions didn't quite rent enough senators.We'll see later today.



proudparent01
proudparent01

Public schools simply work better than charter and private schools. Private and charter schools have never proven to teach poor children, minority children, or special needs children better than public schools. Both private and charter schools get to pick their children and they don't do any better with students than public school children. 


Yes, private and charter schools have many advantages and still don't do better than public schools. We need to praise and support our public schools. We need to praise our teachers like we praise our soldiers. Stop putting down public schools. They are the best for our children. 

Starik
Starik

The current public schools, in many districts simply aren't working.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

That is not the problem of the public schools. That is because of the problems in American society. Go to see the words and images of the brilliant American prophet, James Baldwin, in the recently released, "I am not your Negro," to understand what I am saying.

Starik
Starik

@MaryElizabethSings Not it isn't.  Why didn't the founding fathers deal with slavery? Why did we allow the imposition of Jim Crow? Why did LBJ and company think racial integration could happen with the wave of a magic wand?

#SoreLosers
#SoreLosers

After all the time and money teachers' unions and their media mouthpieces have wasted trying to elect Hillary and now defeat Betsy DeVos ... isn't the inescapable conclusion that the public really is fed up with the status quo, and our Republican senators know this?

Elizabeth Davis
Elizabeth Davis

In Louisiana we have started a Go Fund Me campaign to try to buy our Senator's vote back from DeVos. She has paid him $70,200, and we are hoping to raise the same amount in order to get him to recuse himself from the vote due to this conflict of interest. Please consider contributing! https://www.gofundme.com/buy-back-senator-cassidys-vote

Jennifer Falk
Jennifer Falk

DeVos Update: North Carolina's Thom Tillis's office says he's undecided and wants to hear from people. (202) 224-6342 COPY & PASTE (DON'T HIT SHARE) FYI - sorry to hijack your post. I never will again. This one is just too important!