What Might Betsy DeVos Bring to the DOE?

Published November 30, 2016

After much speculation by people who care about such things, President-elect Donald Trump has selected Betsy DeVos to be the next U.S. Secretary of Education, calling her “a brilliant and passionate education advocate.” DeVos is a billionaire philanthropist who has worked for years in the school choice movement. Most recently, DeVos was chairwoman of the American Federation for Children, a school choice advocacy group. Newsweek.com provides us with seven things to know about Trump’s pick for education secretary, three of which are highlighted below:

1. She does not support Common Core, “period.”
Upon accepting the position of education secretary, DeVos issued a statement clarifying that she is not a supporter of Common Core, “period.”

Trump’s disdain for the national standards was perhaps the most talked-about education policy issue on the campaign trail, and DeVos’s opinion on the issue was previously unclear.

2. She strongly supports school vouchers.
DeVos believes that every child should have the opportunity for a “top-notch education,” regardless of a family’s financial background.

3. She also supports charter schools.
DeVos and her husband have been actively involved in promoting charter schools for more than two decades and helped to pass Michigan’s first charter school law. Charter schools are publicly funded and open to all students but able to operate with more autonomy than traditional public schools.

DeVos must be confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate. The American Federation of Teachers released a statement expressing their concern DeVos will “focus on privatizing, defunding, and destroying public education in America.” If you accept the way the AFT defines those things, I hope the union is right.

SOURCE: Newsweek.com


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