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HELP Committee Democrats Strongly Support School Choice (For Their Own Families)

A huge number of Senate Democrats sent their own kids to private schools, but are fighting school choice for others at the behest of teachers unions…

HELP Committee Democrats

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Education, Betsy DeVos, will appear before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) on Tuesday for confirmation hearings. DeVos is a strong advocate for school choice and charter schools, which has made her a target of Senate Democrats, many of whom have received thousands of dollars from teachers unions, who oppose charters.

But a closer look at the records of HELP Committee Democrats reveals the kind of blatant hypocrisy that is sadly unsurprising from the left.

Take Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), for example. The Ocean State’s junior senator has called DeVos someone “whose views on education seem to be out of line with many Rhode Islanders’ values” and “with ties to political special interests.” But a closer look at Whitehouse’s record shows he has no leg to stand on.

If DeVos’ education views are “out of line” with Rhode Islanders’ values, so are Whitehouse’s. He attended a private boarding school (ranked the #3 “most elite boarding school in America”), sent his children to private school, and has received more than $44,000 in special interest money from teachers unions.

In the case of liberal firebrand Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), she sent a 16-page letter to DeVos ahead of Tuesday’s hearing that outlines her numerous concerns about her nomination. Like Whitehouse, not mentioned in her diatribe were Warren’s previous “full-throated endorsement” of a voucher system that mirrors DeVos’ support for charter schools, nor the nearly $30,000 she’s received from teachers unions, who oppose DeVos’ nomination.

And that’s not all.

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), who’s raked in more than $32,000 from teachers unions, has “never attended public school” and counts himself as a charter school advocate. He was even named one of eight “Champions for Charter Schools” by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools in 2015.

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and several of his children attended private school. Casey has pocketed nearly $48,000 from teachers unions, too.

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has taken more than $58,000 from teachers unions, and his daughter served as Director of Extended Learning at DC Prep, a Washington, DC organization that manages charter schools.

The hypocrisies go on and on, but the true test of how far these Democrats are willing to go will come at 5pm Tuesday, when DeVos’ confirmation hearing is slated to start.