News Release ~ WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced that she will vote “no” when the Senate takes the final vote on the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education. 

Senator Murkowski explained her reasoning on the Senate floor, saying:

“I have serious concerns about a nominee to be Secretary of Education who has been so involved in one side of the equation – so immersed in the push for vouchers – that she may be unaware of what actually is successful in the public schools, and what is broken or how to fix them.

Betsy DeVos must show us that she truly understands the children of Alaska and across America, both urban and rural, who are not able to access an alternative choice in education as in so many of my communities. She must show us that she will work to help the struggling public schools that strive to educate children whose parents are unable to drive them across town to get to a better school. That she will not ignore the homeless students whose main worry is finding somewhere safe to sleep and for whom their public school is truly a refuge. That she will fight for the children whose parents do not know how to navigate these educational options.” 

Watch video above to hear Senator Murkowski’s floor speech.