DeVos Struggles to Demonstrate Knowledge of Federal Education Laws During A Brutal Senate Confirmation Hearing

According to the Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss, billionaire education reformer and politician Betsy DeVos struggled to answer questions critical to determining her level of qualification for education secretary. Strauss described her answers as confused at best and an utter lack of knowledge at worst.

When asked by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) about the ways in which student progress should and have been measured DeVos appeared to not know the answer and even momentarily remained silent. When Franken told her he believed she was unable to answer the question she did not deny it. 

When Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) asked DeVos about the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a law that ensures millions of students with disabilities have equal education protections, DeVos seemed unaware that it was federal law that was already being enforced when she answered “I think that is a matter that is best left up to the states.” When later questioned by Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) whether or not she understood this was already federal law DeVos stated she “may have been confused by it.” Read more here.