A Democratic senator said Wednesday he is fearful of Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to serve as education secretary, and parents should be too.
"The idea that we're going to potentially put somebody into the Department of Education who believes that it's OK for guns to be in our schools, for our teachers to be armed, boy, I think that sends shivers down the spine of almost every parent in this country," Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut told CNN.
DeVos appeared before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Tuesday, of which Murphy is a member.
"I was pretty stunned when she couldn't articulate some compassion for what schools are going through when we have had in some years an average of one school shooting every week," Murphy said.
"This idea that you need guns in every school — a ban on gun-free school zones, as Donald Trump says he wants — because we have to protect kids from grizzly attacks? It's sort of, on one hand, laughable, and on the other hand, tragic."
CNN reported Thursday, in 2015, DeVos spoke about local Republicans' feelings regarding school choice as it relates to inner city youth attending suburban schools.
"Many Republicans in the suburbs like the idea of education choice as a concept, right up until it means that poor kids from the inner cities might invade their schools," DeVos said. "That's when you'll hear the sentiment 'well, it's not really a great idea to have poor minority kids come to our good suburban schools,' though they'll never actually say those words aloud."
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