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The battle over Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as President Donald Trump’s Education Secretary garnered unprecedented levels of scrutiny and opposition. A difficult confirmation hearing last month spawned countless memes and even inspired a lampooning on Saturday Night Live (maybe a first for an Education Secretary-nominee.)

But what do our real teachers have to say about it? How will Devos’ confirmation affect them and their students? Has it all been overblown?

No, say our “rapid response” panel of educators, who convened the night DeVos narrowly squeaked by in the U.S. Senate, helped by a tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Mike Pence.

“It feels like a slap in the face,” says Greg Brenner, a Kansas City charter school teacher. “I’m bemused by the whole process.”

“Upset,” says Maddie Burkemper, a 4th grade teacher, says when asked to describe her feelings in one word. “I mean, I’m not going to go belly-up and ‘boo hoo.’ But I worry about her impact on schools.”

Rebeka McIntosh, a veteran of more than 20 years in the classroom, takes a broader view. “The republic will stand, the nation will stand,” she says. “And teachers will do what they’ve always done: go back in and teach our kids. We have 75 more days left in this school year.”

Listen to their full conversation on this week’s special ‘Extra Credit’ edition of No Wrong Answers.

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Music used in this episode is Inspiring Corporate and Scottish Indie by Scott Holmes; both have been edited.

 

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