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U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

Current U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had never served anywhere in any government position, or any public schools position, when President Donald Trump picked her as his choice for the high-level cabinet position. By that time, according to some estimates widely reported, she’d contributed as much as $200 million to the campaigns of Republican over the years, some who could help confirm her nomination in 2017. One of them is Florida’s own West Miami progeny, Sen. Marco Rubio. He’s a product of the very public schools Sec. DeVos appears to be undermining as she tries to “advance God’s kingdom” by reforming them — those were her words. Her confirmation was iffy, even in a Republican-controlled Congress, but wealth won out. She won Sen. Rubio’s vote, for example, with $93,000 in donations. Sec. DeVos has admitted as much. “I have decided to stop taking offense at the suggestion that we are buying influence,” she once said. “Now I simply concede the point. They are right. We do expect something in return.” Sen. Rubio’s good with that.

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