State Sen. Owen Hill, a Colorado Springs Republican and school choice champion, held a telephone press conference Monday on which he lauded multi-millionaire school reform advocate Betsy DeVos as the right person to head the U.S. Department of Education for the Trump administration. The call was meant to put pressure on Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet to vote for the DeVos confirmation.
”We know Michael Bennet shares values" with DeVos -- on fostering diversity of options to increase choice for parents and students, Hill said. So it would be clear, he continued, that "Bennet's opposition to her confirmation would be for political reasons."
The DeVos nomination has been the target of an intense protest campaign by public school advocates and progressive citizens and political groups who believe DeVos’s reform philosophy centered around school choice would undercut public education. They say she was chosen for the nation’s top education administration position more for her ideology and history of political campaign contributions than for her preparedness for the job.