SF Chronicle: Parents, educators protest secretary of education nominee in Oakland

By Dianne de Guzman in the San Francisco Chronicle.

The protest coincided with the Senate committee’s vote for DeVos on Tuesday, which ended with DeVos being approved. Her nomination was sent to the full Senate for final approval, despite questions by protesters over whether she is qualified for the position.

Many in Oakland arrived toting teddy bears, supposedly meant to mock one of DeVos’ answers regarding whether guns should be allowed in schools. DeVos said in testimony that schools could need a gun “to protect from potential grizzlies.”

Protesters were concerned with DeVos’ lack of experience with public schools, with many referencing the fact that she has not attended or worked in public schools, according to ABC 7. Others mentioned her work with charter schools and advocating for school choice, as their reasons for protesting DeVos…

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