While Trump’s other controversial nominees are sailing toward confirmation, his pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, might be nixed by Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, both Republicans from rural states.
“No demographic in November’s election broke as dramatically for Donald Trump,” says Nazaryan, “as small-town and rural America… the Manhattan penthouse–dweller’s edge in the least-populated areas of the country was enormous: 62 percent to 34 percent, according to the Pew Research Center.”
A Republican megadonor, DeVos has never held a job in a public-school setting, is unfamiliar with educational theory and is an ideologue who wants to enrich for-profit educational companies while weakening the public schools system itself, notes Alexander Nazaryan, but for Murkowski and Collins, the vote is even simpler: DeVos’s vision for schools would wreak havoc on education in rural America.
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