If Moran had defected or if another Republican does, DeVos will become the first Cabinet nominee rejected by the Senate since defense secretary nominee John Tower in 1988.

The article also critiques other nominees put forward by Trump, and asked voters to call their senators ahead of the Monday vote. Joe Manchin, D- W.Va., will not support Devos, citing concerns he has about her qualifications and her support for "school choice" measures, including charter schools and vouchers to attend private schools, including religious schools.

With all other Republicans expected to vote for DeVos, and all Democrats opposing her, Vice President Mike Pence is likely to cast the tie-breaking vote in her favor.

Several prominent Republicans have voiced support for DeVos, including Sen.

Toomey has pledged support for DeVos, whose nomination will be go to a final U.S. Senate vote next week. "DeVos is the least qualified, the most ill-prepared and the most hostile to public education of anyone who's ever had that role".

The U.S Senate has a duty to make the right choice so we don't have an education secretary who doesn't believe in our public schools.

Thousands of people across the country have been writing, emailing and calling their senators to voice their opposition to Betsy DeVos, a billionaire from MI who has no experience in public education.

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Our Department of Education works hard to provide equality in public schools, and continually improve them for all students.

President Trump is entitled to an education secretary whose philosophy and policy preferences align with his.

Toomey has been on the hot seat since two other Republican senators - Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski - announced this week they will oppose DeVos' confirmation. However, Nikki Haley wasn't exactly an expert on foreign affairs when she, as governor of SC, was tapped by Trump and confirmed by the Senate to be the US ambassador to the United Nations. Pat Toomey, whose offices have been so blanketed by calls that getting through is typically impossible. She also suggested guns in schools would be needed to fend of grizzlies and chalked up her name being associated with her mother's foundation to a "clerical error".

DeVos, 59, is the wife of Dick DeVos, heir to the Amway marketing fortune. "The idea that you would have someone there who wants to funnel public dollars away from public schools and not just to non-public schools but to private charter schools run by for-profit corporations".

A teacher in Philadelphia took note of the contribution and started a GoFundMe with the goal to "buy" Toomey's vote against DeVos. "Not having a majority vote when her party controls the Senate and when a member of her party is the White House does not send a signal bipartisan support of her agenda".

"If teachers and students and families who will be affected by this, then we're sending another message, that we do not object", said Tilli. A crowd of more than 200 in Charleston braved freezing temperatures to line up along Virginia Street with signs denouncing Betsy Devos and chants that echoed throughout the downtown area.