President-elect Donald Trump announced his choices for several cabinet positions today, including the selection of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. DeVos’ billionaire family, heirs to the Amway fortune, are among the wealthiest and most prominent Republican donors in the country.
She will oversee Trump’s $20 billion education plan, which will issue block grants to states to allocate among public schools, religious schools, charter schools and more. Whom would you expect to celebrate this announcement?
In his post, he stood up tall for the DeVos pick, calling her an “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.”
Jeb and DeVos have worked together before: she served on the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a group Bush led. This work is proving to be somewhat of a contradiction for her; the organization (and her work) supported Common Core, something President-elect Donald Trump campaigned against in the primary.
Some Trump loyalists are having issues with her appointment. Betsy DeVos supported Jeb’s candidacy in the primary race, and in an interview with the Washington Examiner in March 2016, she said, “I don’t think Donald Trump represents the Republican Party […] the more voters know about him, and the more informed they are, the more they’re going to continue to break away.”
With this appointment and Dr. Ben Carson’s, the Trump administration continues to add former rivals and critics to posts inside the White House.