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(Neb)-Fischer Support For Sec Of Ed Nominee Draws Protests

By: John Axtell Posted at: 02/05/2017 11:34 PM
Photo - Kevin Mooney KNEB/RRN
SCOTTSBLUFF - Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer's announcement Friday that she would vote to confirm President Trump's Secretary of Education nominee Betsy Devos drew protests are the senator's in-state offices. Anti-Devos rallies were also held at Senator Ben Sasse's offices.
 
       Devos is a supporter of vouchers and charter schools whose own children never attended public schools. Senator Fischer opposes vouchers, but says Devos told her she would not impose new mandates on vouchers.

      That promise isn't good enough educators and others across the country, including Nebraska, and triggered the rallies.

       One in front of Fischer's Scottsbluff office drew about 60 people chanting “No, No. No, No, DeVos” and carrying signs, including one that read Turn Your Phone Back On and Listen to Nebraska.

       Scotts Bluff County Democratic Party Chair Stan Kontogiannis told KNEB radio the turnout was impressive since it came on only 24 hours notice.

      Kontogiannis said the country doesn't need vouchers or charter schools, and emphasized public education is working and “does not need to be fixed.” He also claimed DeVos was nominated only because she gave a lot of money to Trump's presidential campaign.


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