Betsy DeVos has been confirmed as education secretary — barely. The vice president had to break a tie, a first for a cabinet pick.

Betsy DeVos has been confirmed as education secretary — barely. The vice president had to break a tie, a first for a cabinet pick.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 12:30 PM EST

The 51-to-50 vote elevates the embattled nominee — a wealthy philanthropist who has devoted much of her life to expanding educational choice through charter schools and vouchers, but has limited experience with the public school system — to be steward of the nation’s schools.
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