During the election, Donald Trump promised to eliminate Common Core, promote school choice and shut down the Department of Education. On those issues, the President-elect’s choice to head the Department of Education appears to be of like mind.
CNN reports, “President-elect Donald Trump tapped Betsy DeVos, a top Republican donor and school choice activist, to head the Department of Education, the Trump transition team announced Wednesday. Trump met with the billionaire donor and conservative activist this weekend at his golf club in New Jersey, where he hosted a slew of potential Cabinet appointees.”
In a statement, Trump said on Wednesday, “Betsy DeVos is a brilliant and passionate education advocate. Under her leadership we will reform the US 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.”
“President-elect Donald Trump announced his choices for several cabinet positions today, including the selection of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education,” Rare reported. “DeVos’ billionaire family, heirs to the Amway fortune, are among the wealthiest and most prominent Republican donors in the country.”
DeVos opposed Trump during the election, saying the President-elect didn’t adequately represent Republicans.
After the announcement Wednesday, there was some confusion on social media as to where DeVos actually stood on Common Core, but the future education secretary took to Twitter to clearly state her position.
In a link to her personal website, DeVos elaborated, “Have organizations that I have been a part of supported Common Core? Of course. But that’s not my position.”
“Sometimes it’s not just students who need to do their homework,” she added.
DeVos support for school choice is not popular with the nation’s largest teachers’ union, the National Education Association, who promptly issued a statement after Wednesday’s announcement:
“Her efforts over the years have done more to undermine public education than support students. She has lobbied for failed schemes, like vouchers — which take away funding and local control from our public schools — to fund private schools at taxpayers’ expense. These schemes do nothing to help our most-vulnerable students while they ignore or exacerbate glaring opportunity gaps. She has consistently pushed a corporate agenda to privatize, de-professionalize and impose cookie-cutter solutions to public education.”
DeVos’ fellow Michigander Rep. Justin Amash congratulated her on Wednesday.
Congratulations to Betsy DeVos on her nomination as secretary of education. She is a friend, a resident of Michigan’s Third District, and a longtime community leader. I can think of few people as prepared to meet the challenges ahead.
“Betsy is intelligent, creative, experienced, and passionate about reforming education,” Amash said in a statement. “I look forward to working with her to empower parents and local communities, advance school choice and competition, protect the right of homeschooling, and stop federal mandates and harmful initiatives like Race to the Top and Common Core.”
If DeVos also believes in eventually shuttering the Department of Education, it might present a problem because she would be out of a job.