COLUMBUS - Today, Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement after the US Senate voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of the US Department of Education despite bipartisan opposition:

“Opposition to Betsy DeVos was bipartisan and widespread – and for good reason. During her confirmation hearings, Mrs. DeVos proved she is not qualified to hold the most powerful education position in the country. She was unable to answer even basic questions about fundamental debates within the education community. An advocacy group she led still owes the state of Ohio $5.3 million for breaking our election laws. Even several prominent charter school advocates opposed Mrs. DeVos' nomination.

"This was the first time in history that the Vice President has been forced to break a tie over a cabinet nominee. Sadly, 50 Republican senators – including Senator Portman – chose to ignore the concerns of constituents and vote for Mrs. DeVos. Our nation’s students will face a tougher road to success as a result.”

 
 
 
  
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