Kate Zernike of the New York Times writes that the DeVos hearing next week on January 17 may be contentious, because she has been unable to clarify her many conflicts of interest. Some are financial: she has investments in online charter schools and other for-profit education ventures. Others are ideological and political: She has given heavily to entities that want to privatize public education.


In a sane world, Betsy DeVos would not be a candidate for Secretary of Education. Not because she is rich, but because she has devoted her efforts to destroying the public education sector which is attended by about 85% of all U.S. students.