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Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of education, goes before the Senate today. DeVos is a billionaire philanthropist with ties to Amway — she and her husband have donated millions to the Republican National Committee and to the very lawmakers who will vote on whether or not to confirm her as secretary of education.
But her nomination is not only controversial due to conflicts of interest facing DeVos, or the many concerns she facing over financial disclosures. Critics point to her lack of government experience and her unyielding support of charter schools. DeVos and her husband have spent millions of dollars supporting charters and lobbying for less regulation and oversight. Opponents say she will use her wealth to entice states to expand charter schools and voucher programs, and take money away from public schools.
James Goenner, president and chief executive of the National Charter Schools Institute, and Diane Ravitch, a former assistant secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush, weigh in on DeVos' credentials and what she may do as secretary of education.