With the tie-breaking vote cast by VP Pence, billionaire Besty DeVos was confirmed as the nation's Secretary of Education.
All 48 Democrats in the Senate voted against her confirmation, as did two Republican, leaving the vote 50-50.
During her confirmation hearing, DeVos exhibited a complete lack of familiarity with basic education concpets, laws, and the public education system she is now charged with overseeing.
The opposition to DeVos' confirmation was enormous. Senators' voicemail and email boxes were inundated with calles and letters. CREDO Action received 1.4 million signatures on a petition opposing her for the position.
According to HuffPost, DeVos' confirmaton was supported by "influential Republican leaders such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. She even garnered a few endorsements from high-profile Democratic education leaders. But Democrats point to the fact that some of DeVos’ support may have been bought ― her family has donated copious amounts to members of Congress. Given that teachers unions also donate to politicians, her supporters say this argument is hypocritical."
DeVos is an ardent supporter of charter schools and the voucher program. She did not attend public school, nor did her children.
For those who fought DeVos' confirmation, this is only the beginning of the resistance.