LEBANON, Missouri- Lebanon High School Principal Kevin Lowery has added his voice to the growing ranks of public school educators, including the Teacher of the Year opposing Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. Many feel that Senator Roy Blunt is turning a deaf ear to the concerns educational experts in Missouri. Blunt has expressed support for the Trump nominee saying, “I believe Betsy DeVos understands that decisions about education need to be made much closer to where kids are.”
Hundreds of Missouri public school administrators and teachers have gone to Blunt’s Facebook page to express their dismay.
“DeVos is likely to be the worst political appointment in the history of our country. Wake me from this nightmare!” Lowery posted initially.
“If Bernie Madoff were pardoned by President Trump and nominated to lead the Treasury Department, I am convinced that he would be confirmed by every republican in the Senate. A vote for Betsy DeVos is unconscionable and unforgivable. Mr. Senator, you have lost touch with your Strafford roots and your rural constituency in Southwest Missouri. Your partisan alliances and misguided devotion to billionaire politicians is not good for the children of Missouri, especially the 885,000 who attend our public schools and the 86,000 certified staff who provide their inadequately funded education. Kevin Lowery, Bolivar, Missouri (home to the Roy Blunt YMCA and Southwest Baptist University where he served as president)” the principal explained.
The Wisconsin Gazette says in this last election cycle, billionaire Betsy DeVos and her family invested $1 million to help elect 21 U.S. senators who will now vote on whether she becomes Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education. Blunt has been a recipient of the DeVos financial generosity.
Lowery sums says DeVos was only nominated because of her family.
“…because she is the daughter-in-law of the billionaire founder of Amway. That’s why!”
The Senate voted 52-48 in an early Friday morning vote to move forward with DeVos as the Education Secretary. All indications are that she will be confirmed on Monday with Pence breaking a 50-50 tie.