Questions for Billionaire Betsy DeVos on Her Confirmation Hearings on January 11

Diane Ravitch's blog

Senate committee hearings on the nomination of billionaire Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education are scheduled for January 11 in the Dirksen Office Building.

She has made campaign contributions to four members of the committee that will interview her, so it is likely that her approval is a foregone conclusion.

However, members of the committee of both parties should be prepared with good questions to draw out her experience, her background, her ideology, and her views.

Here are a few for members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to consider:

  1. Do you intend to pay the state of Ohio the $5.2 million that you owe for campaign finance violations?
  2. Are you aware of the widespread fraud and profiteering in the charter industry in Michigan?
  3. If you are Secretary of Education, what would you do to reduce fraud, waste and abuse in the charter industry?
  4. Why do…

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