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President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a rally at DeltaPlex Arena, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump's education secretary Betsy DeVos is up for confirmation


UPDATE 8:20 p.m. EST:

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren pressed DeVos on a federal rule aimed at holding for-profit colleges accountable, the Associated Press reported.

DeVos said she would review the rule and "see that it is actually achieving what the intentions are."

Warren quickly fired back saying "swindlers and crooks are out there doing backflips when they hear an answer like this."

UPDATE 7:15 p.m. EST:

Billionaire Betsy DeVos claimed she would only take $1 if confirmed to lead the Education Department, according to the Associated Press. 

In the past, DeVos has used her wealth to promote charter schools and vouchers. 

UPDATE 7:06 p.m. EST: 

As the confirmation hearing for Trump's pick for education secretary continues, Betsy DeVos disavowed any support for conversion therapy, the controversial counseling that attempts to transform the sexual orientation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, the Associated Press reported. 

DeVos said she "believes in the innate value of every single human being."

President-elect Donald Trump's picks for education secretary and interior secretary, Betsy DeVos and Rep. Ryan Zinke, respectively, face cabinet confirmation hearings Tuesday.

Zinke's hearing is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. DeVos' hearing is scheduled for 5 p.m.

DeVos' divisive position on school choice programs, which favors charter schools, is expected to be controversial.

As such, your nomination provides the Senate and the public with few clues about your actual policy positions on a host of critical issues.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

DeVos will face the Senate Health, Education,Labor and Pensions Committee, which includes Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. 

Warren has been critical of DeVos in the past, citing her lack of experience.

Some teachers in Michigan wore red to protest DeVos.

Republicans, like Florida Gov. Rick Scott, have endorsed DeVos.

But critics pointed to a PAC DeVos ran which owes $5.3 million in unpaid fines.

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