The confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary, took place Tuesday, January 17. DeVos is a business woman from Michigan advocates for charter schools—publicly funded schools that operate independently—in her home state. DeVos believes in school choice, and endorses school vouchers to allow parents to use taxpayer dollars to send their children to private or religious schools, rather than the public schools for which that money is designated. Democrats are worried that Devos' support for school choice will undermine public school funding.
January 19, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.