Bush Praises Trump EdSec Pick

Jeb Bush may have a slight balm to ease his 2016 loss. Donald Trump’s pick of Betsy Davos for Education Secretary was heartily endorsed by the former Florida Governor.

“I cannot think of a more effective and passionate change agent to press for a new education vision, one in which students, rather than adults and bureaucracies, become the priority in our nation’s classrooms,” Bush said of Trump’s pick.

Jeb Bush have worked together for years, Politico reports, and have many of the same goals in the education sector.

“One of Trump’s biggest education promises — a proposed $20 billion block grant promoting charter and private schools — was developed with input from DeVos’ D.C.-based advocacy group, the American Federation for Children. Not surprisingly, it aligns closely with Bush’s education philosophy.

Now, the programs the two crafted together in Florida and other states are likely to serve as models for federal policymaking — indeed, they have already influenced Trump’s statements on the campaign trail.”

One area of difference between Bush and DeVos is Common Core, a set of national standards for public schools. Bush backed the standards in Florida, but DeVos never took a position. She has come out strongly against the standards since being chosen by Trump.