In January, there was a hard fought battle over the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. “Compassionate conservative” Rob Portman was begged by Ohioans to vote NO, and considering that it took a tie breaking vote by the Vice President to confirm this nominee, a NO vote by Portman would have made all the difference.
Now in May, as the President’s budget is being rolled out, the real dangers of an anti-public school Education Secretary who has no experience dealing with a huge budget or, apparently, concern for students are clear.
In the final part of our Women’s History Month series, let’s examine Rob Portman and Bob Latta’s recent records on education. Sen. Portman recently made news by voting in favor of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education, despite vocal protests from constituents all across Ohio. More about that below. How does Rob do overall? And what about Bob Latta? Read on to find out more.
Update 3/24/17: GOP Healthcare Bill Pulled!
Facing increasing resistance, GOP leadership pulled their healthcare bill in the house without taking a final vote. There are no plans for rescheduling this vote, and both Paul Ryan and the President say that the ACA will remain the law of the land for the forseeable future.
Many pundits credit the GOP Freedom Caucus with the failure–they didn’t think the bill was far enough to the right. But every concession that was made to this group made the bill more inhumane, and it was the outcry of ordinary people who would be affected by this terrible legislation that moved moderate Republicans to retract their support. Continue reading
Update: H.J. Res 57
H.J. Res 57 rolls back an Obama-era department of Education rule that applies state accountability standards uniformly to all schools in a state, including for-profit charter schools.
What’s happening now?
- The resolution to repeal the accountability implementation rule, H.J. Res 57, was introduced Feb 1, 2017
- The resolution passed the house on Feb. 7, 2017
- The resolution was voted on in the Senate on Mar. 9, 2017
Unfortunately, this bill passed 50 to 49, but interestingly, Rob Portman was the only Republican to vote with Democrats against this resolution. It may not make up for helping to confirm DeVos, but it’s worth telling Rob that you appreciate his support for education accountability for ALL schools.