Betsy DeVos Confirmation Hearing Preview

 By Keith A. Almli ( [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Keith A. Almli ( [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Andrew Pillow

The confirmation hearing for President-Elect Trump’s Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is scheduled for 5 PM today. The Secretary of Education confirmation is not ordinarily especially eventful, but as with everything else in the Trump administration, this year’s confirmation hearing is shaping up to be a show.

Here are a few hot topic issues to watch for in the hearing:

1.       Unapproved paperwork

As of 11:00 am today her paperwork has yet to be approved by the Office of Government Ethics.

2.       Donations

DeVos has made many campaign and organization contributions. Expect democrats to make an issue of this especially if some of those organizations and candidates can be framed in a negative light.

3.       Lack of policy stances

Critics of DeVos have pointed out that she really hasn’t taken a stand on lots of different issues such as higher education and LGBT issues.

4.       Anti-Public School?

One area where DeVos has made her opinion known is in the Public vs Charter vs Private school arena. Her views have left many public school advocates worried. Expect a lot of probing around her push for vouchers and religious schooling. 

5.       Lack of experience

This can be said of quite a few people in the Trump administration, including Trump himself. However, expect it to still be raised as an issue.

How to watch:

The hearing will be streamed live on the committee website. C-SPAN and PBS NewsHour are also expected to cover the event. 


Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.