Five basic things Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wouldn’t — or couldn’t — answer at House hearing

By Valerie Strauss

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos appeared before the House Education Committee on Tuesday to discuss the policies and priorities of the department she leads, but there were some things she just wouldn’t — or couldn’t — say.

DeVos has been running the department for a little more than a year, and the controversy that marked the start of her tenure — her Senate confirmation was secured only after Mike Pence became the first vice president in history to break a tie for a Cabinet nominee — has not dissipated.

There’s more than one reason for this: Critics see her lack of experience with public education as a problem. They also point to her attitude about government — she once said “government sucks” — and her avid support for programs that support privatizing public education.

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