President-Elect Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The forces in and around the teachers’ unions of America are engaging in a massive assault against Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Education Secretary. From her wealthy family to her Christian faith and support of school vouchers, DeVos ticks off the education establishment, which sees her selection as a direct shot at the grand tradition of public schools.

“DeVos’ anti-public education positions and her lack of any experience  or qualifications show she would be a disaster for public education,” the horrified NJEA, the New Jersey affiliate of the National Education Association, told its members, providing them with numbers to call (and call again!) for Democratic Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez.

“Her efforts have been laser-focused on undermining our public schools and, in doing so, have harmed students,” wrote an equally terrified Steven Cook, president of the Michigan Education Association in an op-ed last month for the Lansing State Journal.

DeVos’ confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee will be held Tuesday at 5 p.m. and the vote is scheduled for  Jan. 24…and it’s expected to go in her favor. She will face a friendly Republican majority, including Tim Scott (S.C.) and Rand Paul (KY), who support school choice. The Democrats, however, are ready to pounce: Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Al Franken (MN) come to mind as well as the Independent from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, who was in New York earlier this month stumping for “free” college with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Republican Lamar Alexander (TN), the chairman of the committee, met with DeVos last week and said he she will make an “excellent” Secretary of Education. “I’m looking forward to her hearing because I know she will impress the Senate with her passionate support for improving education for all children,” said Alexander, who served as Education Secretary from 1991-1993. “I am fully confident that she will be swiftly confirmed by the full Senate.”