Betsy DeVos: Trump’s Education Secretary

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President-elect Donald Trump has picked who will head the U.S. Department of Education. Meet Betsy DeVos, a new face to the national stage, philanthropist, and supporter of school choice.

From The Daily Signal’s bio, “Betsy DeVos is a brilliant and passionate education advocate,” Trump said in a press release. “Under her leadership we will reform the U.S. education system and break the bureaucracy that is holding our children back so that we can deliver world-class education and school choice to all families.”

Although she has little name recognition, DeVos is well-known in the education world, having donated and served on the board for a number of school choice nonprofits.

“I am honored to accept this responsibility to work with the president-elect on his vision to make American education great again,” DeVos said in a statement. “The status quo in education is not acceptable. Together, we can work to make transformational change that ensures every student in America has the opportunity to fulfill his or her highest potential.”

The Daily Signal goes on to list seven things to know about her positions on education:

1. She does not support Common Core “period.”

2. She strongly supports school vouchers.

3. She also supports charter schools.

4. She’s an outsider in Washington, but an insider in Michigan.

5. She supports homeschooling.

6. She funds a variety of nonprofits.

7. She chose to send her children to private Christian schools.

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