Senators grill Betsy DeVos on personal finances, education policies

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By Lauren Gibbons

U.S. Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos was grilled on a plethora of educational policies and her financial background Tuesday evening during her confirmation hearing before a Senate committee.

DeVos, a longtime Republican donor and activist with an extensive history of funding school reform initiatives in Michigan and other states, steered the conversation whenever she could to additional choices for parents and students and local control when answering questions from senators on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions during a Tuesday afternoon hearing.

DeVos’ confirmation hearing began shortly after 5 p.m. and trailed into the evening, eventually closing out around 8:40 p.m. The committee did not take a vote on recommending Devos’ nomination to the full Senate.

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