“This is a subject that has been debated in the education community for years,” said Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) about that last question after DeVos stumbled with how to answer it. “But it surprises me that you don't know this issue.”
When DeVos had an answer to senators’ questions, she sometimes fumbled with how to explain it. DeVos backed up her argument that guns in schools should be “best left to locales and states to decide” because in rural schools like Wyoming, “I would imagine there is probably a gun in the school to protect from potential grizzlies.”
And her back and forth with Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) on whether she supports equal accountability for all schools that receive taxpayer funding is something that . . . well, you should just watch it.
DeVos’s rocky performance isn’t likely to have jeopardized her nomination; she needs the support of only a simple majority to get approved by the Senate. Republicans have that — and there’s no sign that the GOP, even after some cringe-worthy moments from DeVos on Tuesday, is going to abandon her.