--OBAMA LEAVES ON A HIGH NOTE - YET WITH TEPID CAREER RATINGS: Boosted by an improving economy, Barack Obama leaves office with his highest levels of job approval and personal popularity since the early days of his presidency. Yet his career-average ratings are in the lower tier. Sixty percent of Americans in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll approve of Obama’s job performance, the most since June 2009, five months after he took office.
By Maria Danilova and Jennifer C. Kerr, The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — In a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing, education secretary pick Betsy DeVos pledged that she would not seek to dismantle public schools amid questions by Democrats about her qualifications, political donations and long-time work advocating for charter schools and school choice.
DeVos said she would address “the needs of all parents and students” but that a one-size-fits-all model doesn’t work in education.
But Democrats on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee grilled the wealthy Republican donor on a range of issues Tuesday from sexual assault to child care, students with disabilities and making public colleges and universities tuition-free.