Sen. Deb Fischer Cast The Deciding Vote To Confirm Grossly Unqualified Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

Despite outcry from her constituents and a political career that began on the Valentine public school board, Sen. Deb Fischer cast the deciding vote to confirm a voucher school advocate to oversee our nation’s public schools, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Siding with Devos’s agenda to implement a voucher program that would take millions of dollars away from Nebraska’s public schools.

Sen. Deb Fischer’s Record On Education

Fischer Said That She Supported Education Secretary Betsy DeVos After Receiving A Written Assurance From DeVos That The Department Of Education Wouldn’t Support Vouchers. “Half the room clapped when one questioner criticized Fischer for supporting President Donald Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. ‘DeVos’s words don’t carry much weight in Nebraska. Why did you vote against Nebraska?’ said Paul Schulte, president of the Millard Education Association teachers union. Fischer said she supported DeVos after meeting with the nominee and receiving DeVos’ written assurance that the federal Department of Education wouldn’t support vouchers.” [Grand Island Independent, 3/16/17]

Fischer Voted To Confirm Betsy DeVos As Education Secretary. “The Senate voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as education secretary. For the first time in Senate history, Vice President Mike Pence voted to break the tie in a confirmation vote.” [New York Times, 2/7/17; Vote #54, 2/7/17]

Devos Proposed Spending $1 Billion On Private School Vouchers And School Choice Plans. “More than $1 billion would be spent on private school vouchers and other school choice plans under the budget proposal released Monday by President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The proposal also calls for slashing the Education Department’s budget and devoting more resources to career training, at the expense of four-year colleges and universities.” [Washington Post, 2/13/18]

DeVos’s Originally Proposed Spending $2.5 Billion On Private School Vouchers and School Choice Plans. “DeVos originally sought $2.5 billion to support school choice initiatives, including private school vouchers, but the Office of Management and Budget rejected her request, according to people familiar with the proposal. She is once again seeking to cut several discretionary programs, including federal funding for the Special Olympics and a grant program for college students with ‘exceptional financial need.’” [Washington Post, 2/13/18]