Controversial Education Secretary Betsy DeVos started her new job today. The billionaire philanthropist and Republican donor’s appointment was confirmed two days ago in a very tight vote that included 24 hours of protest from Democrats inside and outside the Capitol. The deciding ballot being cast by Vice President Mike Pence, something that has never happened before in U.S. political history.
Democrats tried to stop DeVos becoming Education Secretary for a number of reasons. She does not have the adequate experience to take on such a role, and wants to get rid of gun free zones around schools, arm teachers and remove restrictions on federal funding laws, potentially leading to federally-funded, for-profit private schools. The reasoning behind this is that parents in poorer areas should have the option to choose which school their children go to, however often these places can only choose poorly funded public schools, especially in Rural areas where Trump found a lot of his support. They will see very limited benefit from this misguided agenda.
Today DeVos or one of her staff tweeted this image of her and a simple question:
Day 1 on the job is done, but we’re only getting started. Now where do I find the pencils? 🙂 pic.twitter.com/0vRKF1opE9
— Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVos) February 9, 2017
In true Twitter fashion she got plenty of answers, some of which will make her wish she’d just kept quiet. Users called her out for trying to make a tongue in cheek joke about her own incompetence, when her real incompetence is astounding and no laughing matter.
.@BetsyDeVos Probably should’ve budgeted for pencils when you were purchasing your position.
— J. Evan (@jevanlee) February 9, 2017
— Autismw/asideoffries (@FrenchFryInc) February 9, 2017
@BetsyDeVos not in the thousands of public schools that can barely afford supplies. Looking forward to you cleaning that lil issue up.
— Erin Weaver (@ByErinWeaver) February 9, 2017
@BetsyDeVos This isn’t funny. You couldn’t answer basic questions about education during your hearing.
— Bill Shapiro (@Bill_Shapiro) February 9, 2017
— Philip R. Ramage II (@TheRampageComet) February 9, 2017
@BetsyDeVos A true educator wouldn’t have to ask… we carry them with us at all times
— Laura Fischer (@Buckeyegal2008) February 9, 2017
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) February 9, 2017
@BetsyDeVos you realize how NOT funny this is since most teachers buy their own supplies. But I bet you’re gonna pink slip them anyway.
— MalyndaHale (@MalyndaHale) February 9, 2017
Tonight is a lunar eclipse or as Betsy DeVos calls them "When Jesus puts the moon on timeout."
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) February 10, 2017
DeVos has a rough term ahead of her, not least because the country is waking up to the threat to education that she is.