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In a near party-line 51-41 vote, the Senate approved the nomination of Steven Menashi, an ally of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and presidential advisor Steven Miller, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine joined every Democrat present in opposing Menashi, described by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as “a textbook example of someone who does not deserve to sit on the federal bench,” the Washington Post reported. NEA President Lily Eskelsen García tweeted, “[This is] a man who said that public education is bad because it promotes ‘egalitarianism.’” Though the outcome is not what we sought, your engagement played an important role that will inform future efforts. Our thanks to everyone involved!