Why DeVos Is the Most Polarizing Ed Sec Nominee Ever

Why DeVos Is the Most Polarizing Ed Sec Nominee Ever
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President Barack Obama had two education secretaries who were highly divisive in the education world. In fact, the man who ran Obama's Education Department for seven years, Arne Duncan, became so controversial that members of two teachers unions — long supporters of Democrats — approved resolutions against him in 2014.  Duncan's successor, John King, faced the closest confirmation vote, in March 2016, on the Senate floor of any education secretary nominee up to that time.

But Betsy DeVos, the Michigan billionaire chosen by President Trump to be education secretary, brings a whole new dimension to the discussion of polarizing figures in education leadership.

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