The U.S. Department of Education was created in 1980 as a Cabinet level agency. Its predecessor was the Office of Education, located in the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Cabinet Secretaries take an oath to uphold the Constitution. It is assumed that they will follow the law and safeguard the institutions for which they have oversight.

As Elizabeth Warren shows in this searing document, Betsy DeVos has consistently violated her oath of office. She has rolled back civil rights protections for students with disabilities, for students of color, and for victims of sexual violence. She has protected the interests of predatory for-profit colleges, not the students who were bilked by them. She has appointed high-level personnel who have conflicts of interest (as she herself may have if her vast holdings were completely revealed). She has worked tirelessly to weaken public education. Her budget proposals seek to divert billions of dollars from the schools that enroll 90% of students to private and religious schools, which have the power to select their students and to deny service to students they don’t want.

“Do No Harm” is a very minimal standard for a public official. DeVos actively does harm to the very persons and institutions that she has sworn to protect.

When she was chosen, DeVos was known as a major financier for the privatization movement. Her foundation has long worked closely with the Koch brothers, ALEC, and others who are intent on harming public schools, eliminating unions, and removing any standards for teachers. She is a dedicated enemy of public education, of unions, and of the teaching profession, and a champion of charter schools, voucher schools, online schools, and for-profit higher education.

Betsy DeVos should not be Secretary of Education. Senator Warren provides the evidence for her campaign to destroy the functions and the purpose of the Department that DeVos heads.