Betsy DeVos Tapped for Education Secretary

Trump repeatedly called for its demise.

Trump said he expects her to "reform the USA education system and break the bureaucracy that is holding our children back". She neither attended public schools nor sent her children to them. "She is staunchly anti-public education", said David Hecker, president of American Federation of Teachers Michigan.

"I have difficulty with someone being appointed to that position who has not served as a teacher or an administrator and has not served in public education at all". But she has limited experience grappling with national education policy, public education or running a large federal bureaucracy.

Instead, DeVos has worked to expand support and access to school vouchers and charter schools, which are privately run and publicly funded. "I am pleased to nominate Betsy as secretary of the Department of Education". Wednesday, DeVos also pointed to Pence's leadership in advocating for "voluntary high standards driven by local voices". It's hard for me to believe she is truly opposed.

She is a former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party and is chairwoman of the Windquest Group, which invests in technology and clean energy.

"She is also a proven dealmaker, and we look to be making plenty of deals", he said in a statement. "The status quo in ed is not acceptable".

Donald Trump has selected businesswoman, Michigan Republican and charter school advocate Betsy DeVos to be his secretary of Education.

She graduated from Calvin College, a Christian liberal arts school in Grand Rapids, and married Dick DeVos Jr., an heir to the Amway direct-sales fortune.

Her selection announced Wednesday afternoon set off a storm of criticism nationally.

In selecting DeVos, Trump opted for a longtime supporter of charter schools and school voucher programs, two policies he promoted during the campaign.

Trump has spoken about school choice on the campaign trail, and proposed a $20 billion initiative to support school choice.

On Wednesday, Trump said of his United Nations selection: "Gov. Haley has a proven track record of bringing people together regardless of background or party affiliation to move critical policies forward for the betterment of her state and our country".

But DeVos also supports the Common Core education standards, which are deeply unpopular among conservatives and many Republicans in Congress. Devos is a former board member of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a think tank created by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush that supports the Common Core. "We're right back into this activist role for the U.S. Department of Education, potentially, and that's what we're all going to try to figure out".

"Betsy DeVos has spent millions of dollars working to dismantle and destroy public education in MI and across the country", said Bieber, in part.

Ms. DeVos has a long record of supporting charter schools and vouchers for schools.

She is tied by marriage to the DeVos family. "Every American should be concerned that she would impose her reckless and extreme ideology on the nation". The former GOP presidential candidate posted on Facebook, "I can not 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".

He said a focus on vouchers would prove "contentious" and a "distraction".

Some proposals to the current federal student loan system would require congressional backing and action, but the president can use executive action to push through other changes.

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