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East Texas superintendents react to new education secretary confirmation

New education secretary Betsy DeVos. (Source: ABC News) New education secretary Betsy DeVos. (Source: ABC News)
Betsy DeVos, newly appointed education secretary. (Source: KTRE) Betsy DeVos, newly appointed education secretary. (Source: KTRE)
ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

It was arguably one of President Donald Trump’s most contentious nominees, and it met backlash even before the Senate placed their final votes.

However, on Tuesday, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as education secretary.

With two Senate Republicans breaking against DeVos, it came down to Vice President Mike Pence casting the first ever tie-breaking vote to confirm DeVos 51 to 50.

DeVos is in the center of controversy after reports of her support for school vouchers, which critics believe will shake the foundation of public schools.
           
Across East Texas, superintendents are voicing their reaction to the appointment..

"I’m extremely discouraged and disappointed that the president would appoint someone to serve as Secretary of Education that is not a champion for public education,” said Mary Whiteker,the Hudson ISD usperintendent.

Corrigan-Camden Superintendent ISD Sherry Hughes said, "I do have a heightened level of concern for the lack of experience and qualifications for her to stand up and be the voice for public education."

However, there are some looking forward the new change.

"Ms. DeVos is been approved today, so we'll support that. We'll wait and see what changes come down from Washington. It will probably take time. But as we stand today, I’m going to lead Huntington ISD and my colleagues will lead their ISD, and we're going to do great things,” said David Flowers, the Huntington ISD superintendent.

Another cause of concern stems from the fact many of DeVos' opponents say she lacks the needed experience to tackle the role, never having attended or worked in the public education system.

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