Secretary of Education Pick Betsy DeVos had a rough going at yesterday’s senate confirmation hearing—not surprisingly though as DeVos has nearly zero understanding of how k-12 and higher education in this country work for people who aren’t billionaires. The highlight for us came when Al Franken confronted DeVos with her family’s stance on gay-conversion therapy and her family’s givings to anti-LGBT group Focus on the Family.
From Lambda Legal: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students contact Lambda Legal every day to seek help being safe at school. We need a Secretary of Education who will make schools safe for all students, and who won’t tolerate bullying – by peers, parents, or school administrators. What we know so far about Betsy DeVos’s record concerns us. She has supported Focus on the Family, which opposes marriage equality, and her family foundation has funded a group that advances the dangerous practice of so-called ‘conversion therapy.’ Her advocacy for privatizing public education could eject students – LGBT or not – from the protection of federal laws. A complete confirmation process for Betsy DeVos is necessary in order to fully investigate whether she supports equal rights for LGBT students.