Betsy DeVos is approved by the Senate: What do we do now?

Reblogged from eclectra blog

I was honored to be giving a talk on education policy at Wayne State University today (thanks for the invite, Drs. Wendy Matthews and Abby Butler!) during the Senate vote on Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education. While it was painfully ironic for all of us when Ms. DeVos was approved–by the closest vote for a Cabinet appointee in our nation’s history; so close, it required a tie breaker from VP Mike Pence–I was very glad to be surrounded in that moment by passionate, enthusiastic, optimistic young future music educators and colleagues. I was buoyed by the positive attitude in the room, and the students’ obvious excitement about joining the education profession–even during a time of great uncertainty.

As we reached the end of the session, a couple of students stayed behind to chat, and the same question came up again and again: “What do we do now?”

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