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Senator Murray: “I continue to have serious concerns about her long record of working to privatize and defund public education, expand taxpayer-funded private school vouchers, and block accountability for charter schools” 

(Washington, D.C.)Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement after meeting with President-elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.  

“I appreciate Ms. DeVos taking the time to meet with me to discuss her record and her vision for the Department of Education. Following this initial conversation, I continue to have serious concerns about her long record of working to privatize and defund public education, expand taxpayer-funded private school vouchers, and block accountability for charter schools, including for-profit charter schools. I also continue to have concerns about her extensive financial entanglements and potential conflicts of interest and I hope that more information and transparency on this front is forthcoming. I look forward to a robust hearing where we can learn more about Ms. DeVos’ record and plans. And I am hopeful that Democrats and Republicans on the Committee will have every opportunity to have all of our questions answered openly and transparently and that all requested information is received with time to fully review before a vote.”

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