“I’m frustrated and deeply saddened by the 51-50 vote confirming Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education,” Booker wrote.
He spoke to a hope that children facing the challenges of the current education system know that they are not fighting alone before he turned his attention to the broader administration and the Education Department.
“May the Department of Education and its Office for Civil Rights remain vigilant, remain strong, and remain expansive in their efforts in the years to come,” he wrote. “To all those worried about their civil rights, about having equal access and opportunity to an education, please know: even if Betsy DeVos doesn’t see it as her role as a federal leader to work for your rights, equality or freedom from bullying or harassment, know that I and many others will always fight for you.”
Despite their past history of working together, DeVos refused to meet with him, Booker said.
DeVos was confirmed on Tuesday in a 51-50 historic vote that required Vice President Mike Pence to travel to the Senate in order to cast the tie-breaking final vote.