Press Statement

Senate Votes to Confirm DeVos Despite Broad Opposition

February 7, 2017

Camila Gallardo
(305) 215-4259

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, despite strong public opposition to her nomination, the U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as Secretary of the Department of Education by a one-vote margin. The tie-breaking vote in the Senate was cast by Vice President Mike Pence, a procedural move rarely utilized and indicative of widely shared concerns about DeVos’ record and limited experience in education. 

“We thank those Senators who stood up to defend and protect our nation’s children, parents, educators, and those who will be most impacted by the federal role of the Department of Education,” said NCLR (National Council of La Raza) President and CEO Janet Murguía. “Going forward, the Senate and all of us need to hold Secretary DeVos accountable for making sure that all American kids are afforded a quality education.”

“The stakes are very high for our community and for the one in four students who are Latino. Millions of Hispanic English language learners are depending on the full implementation of ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) to finally get the education they deserve. We will work together with our partners in other communities that also rely on our public education system to ensure educational equity for all our children. We urge Secretary DeVos to join in this effort,” Murguía added.

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States— works to build a stronger America by creating opportunities for Latinos . For more information on NCLR, please visit or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.