…[T]he silver lining for Democrats is that DeVos—a billionaire GOP donor with a track record of hostility to public education—emerges from this confirmation fight badly damaged politically. Her hearing exposed a basic lack of knowledge about education policy, and there’s been widespread public opposition. It may well hobble her ability to enact her agenda, and public education advocates—including the heads of the nation’s two largest teachers unions—are pledging a constant campaign against her conservative policies if she’s confirmed.
“No one’s taking their foot off the gas,” Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association, said in an interview at a Monday rally against DeVos on Capitol Hill.
American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, who also spoke at the event, told The New Republic that sustained DeVos opposition would come to resemble conservative backlash to the Affordable Care Act in President Barack Obama’s first term. “I think what you’re going to see is a lot of grassroots action, just like with the Tea Party, over and over and over again,” she said.