31 Jan 2017 – Betsy DeVos appears to have plagiarized quotes for her Senate questionnaire

After DeVos’ confirmation hearing was limited to one round of questions by Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Democrats submitted hundreds of questions to the nominee.

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In response to a question from Sen. Patty Murray, the top Democrat on the committee, on bullying of LGBT students, DeVos almost directly — and uncited — quoted Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of Obama’s Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department.

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The questions — which totaled over 1,000 — were answered in DeVos’ name, but it’s unclear what role aides and staffers played in answering the queries.

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“Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment where they can learn, thrive, and grow,” DeVos writes.

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Gupta was credited with nearly the same quotes in a May 2016 press release on ensuring the civil rights of transgender students.

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“Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment that allows them to thrive and grow,” Gupta wrote.

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