Elizabeth Warren Totally Slammed Betsy DeVos When Talking About Who She Would Pick As Education Secretary

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and her presidential campaign are heating up after she pledged to hire a former public school teacher to serve as her Education Secretary. That’s a direct hit at current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and it’s based 100 percent in fact.

DeVos, a billionaire who has donated millions to Republican candidates and holds a host of investments, including in companies that influence federal education policy. She has no experience in the education sector, has never attended a public school or sent her children to public schools and has never taken out a student loan.

Despite this (and more) she still holds her position and has embarked on a highly scrutinized deconstructionist approach that critics say is gutting the Department of Education and severely impacting the agency’s ability to serve students and educators across the country.

Warren did not hold back in a recent email blast, saying that “DeVos is the worst Secretary of Education we’ve seen” and that she “and her team are up to their eyeballs in conflicts of interest,” adding:

“So I’m making this pledge to you: In my administration, the Secretary of Education will be a former public school teacher who is committed to public education…”

And she didn’t stop there:

“Let’s get a person with real teaching experience. A person who understands how low pay, tattered textbooks, and crumbling classrooms hurt students and educators. A person who understands the crushing burden of student debt on students and young professionals and who is committed to actually doing something about it.”

Warren reiterated these promises in a video posted to her Twitter account.

In a short Twitter thread, Warren spoke candidly about her own experience as a teacher, crediting an elementary school teacher for inspiring her to pursue a career in public education. She also explained how our society can help teachers better do their jobs.

Warren’s ideas were widely praised.

All of Warren’s ideas fly in the face of DeVos’s initiatives, which have been largely defined by a “market-oriented” vision of education policy, such as giving taxpayer-funded vouchers to low-income students to attend private schools. DeVos was the first of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees to have a Senate hearing without completing an ethics review on how she planned to avoid conflicts of interest.

Warren’s statements are the most recent additions to a campaign that political commentators are noting has provided the most comprehensive policy proposals of any candidate to date. She’s made her name taking on big banks and corporate malpractice, and it stands to reason that she’d come out swinging against educational malpractice, too.