Most of the questions were what you would expect. Several people asked DeVos hypothetical questions designed to find out if the financial status quo for higher education for higher education will change under the Trump administration.
Some of the questions, however, were down right stupid. In fact, I give the Stupid Question Award jointly to Madeleine Kunin, former governor of Vermont and deputy secretary of education under President Clinton, and Wick Sloane, an instructor at Bunker Hill Community College.
Here is Ms. Kunin's question:
"Do you support public education and the mission of the department?"
Governor Kunin's question was inane, but Wick Sloane's question was just as wacky. Here's Sloan's question.
"How quickly will you put in place a federal free and reduced-price lunch program for eligible low-income college students?"
Interestingly, none of the insiders asked DeVos whether she supports reasonable access to bankruptcy for student borrowers who are overwhelmed by their college-loan debt.
None asked whether the government should stop offsetting Social Security checks to elderly student-loan defaulters.
None asked whether DOE should ban for-profit colleges from putting arbitration clauses in their enrollment documents--clauses that prevent defrauded students from filing lawsuits against the colleges that bilked them.
None asked whether DOE would streamline the loan forgiveness process for students who attended for-profit colleges found guilty of defrauding their students
No, the tone of most questions from higher education insiders across the spectrum of interests was simply this: "What's in it for us?"