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In Tweets: Students react to new U.S. Education Secretary appointment

US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos got slammed on the internet for her terrible choice of Halloween costume. Education Department, February 8, 2017. Source: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

On Tuesday, billionaire Betsy Devos, American President Donald Trump’s choice to head the department of education, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

From her nomination up to the close vote two nights ago (the Senate voted 50-50 with Governor Mike Pence having to break the tie), DeVos has evoked emotions and tensions from teachers to politicians alike:

Her critics are questioning how she would address issues such as sexual assault in campus, how to protect the rights of students with disabilities, and guns in schools, among others.

And they say her answers have not been satisfactory, leading some to label her “unqualified and dangerous”.

But what do students think about the 11th United States Secretary of Education? We scoured Twitter to see what they are saying. Here are the results:

1. They think her plans to cut federal funds to public schools will be a big blow to students, especially those from low-income families.

https://twitter.com/CGriff1995/status/829235744208207872

2. They doubt her ability to handle student loans due to her background. Little is known on her stance for this.

https://twitter.com/Proud_Smith/status/826511379037237249

3. Leading some to get sarcastic and cynical about their student debt.

4. Those who have been affected by DeVos’ push for privatization of public schools at the state level say her policies will prove hurtful at the national level as well.

https://twitter.com/jobubba1961/status/825063822360772608

https://twitter.com/immorttxls/status/829058783838093314

5. They are also fazed about her apparent lack of knowledge on laws regarding disabled students and her plan to “advance God’s kingdom” through education.

https://twitter.com/YedithLeal/status/829049638560858112

https://twitter.com/TheRealAmir_/status/829196907746562048

6. Which led some to resort to expressing themselves through puppets.

https://twitter.com/LexWithTheWorld/status/829100757400039425

In short, the future of America’s education sector never looked more divisive or uncertain, and her students are poised to bear the brunt of it all.

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