A couple hundred people gathered in downtown Portland Friday to protest the nomination of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Education Secretary.

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Hundreds gathered in Portland to stop the nomination of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Education Secretary.

Hundreds gathered in Portland to stop the nomination of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Education Secretary.

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Democratic Sen.Jeff Merkley said he received a petition signed by more than 1.4 million concerned Americans.

“Betsy DeVos, did not go to a public school. She did not send her children to a public school. She did not study education in order to teach in a public school. I don’t know if she’s ever set foot inside a public school," he said.

"That makes her tremendously unqualified to be secretary of education," Merkley said.

DeVos is a billionaire and Republican activist in Michigan, where she's tried to amend the state constitution to create a voucher system for students to attend non-public schools.

Merkley was joined by Democratic representatives Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici.

DeVos’s nomination is awaiting in the Senate.

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