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ATPE speaks against Betsy DeVos

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The nominee to be President Trump's Secretary of Education is getting a failing grade from a Texas teacher's group. Members of the Association of Texas Professional Educators say Betsy DeVos just isn't qualified for the post.

Union reps state wide, and here locally have big issues with President Donald Trump's Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos. 

"We have a lot of concerns about the top education post in the country being run by someone who has very little meaningful experience in public education," said Mark Wiggins, ATPE Lobbyist. 

"It's mind boggling because how can they really judge our school when they don't know what's going on. When she does not know what's going in the public education field," said Cesarea Germain, ATPE Region 2 Director. '

Their concerns are shared by some Democrats on the senate committee considering her nomination. One of the main concerns about DeVos is her push for the school choice program. Pledging to put $20 billion toward school choice. 

"They will be able to pick and choose their students. So what happens to those students who are not able to not qualify for those schools? That is also a discrimination point and so we're very concerned about that," said Germain. 

Educators also have an issue with what they say say is a basic lack of understanding of basic education laws. 

"Including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, she did not commit to protecting funding for public schools. She would not say that equal and rigorous accountability should follow tax dollars," said Wiggins. 

DeVos confirmation process is underway. Local and state educators say they will continue to ask questions. 

The senate committee will vote on the DeVos nomination on January 31st. 

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