Donald Trump taps Betsy DeVos for education secretary

"She has a long and distinguished history championing the right of all parents to choose schools that best ensure their children's success", said former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a longtime school choice advocate. He called her "a brilliant and passionate education advocate" while making the announcement.

She now serves as chairwoman of the American Federation for Children, a school choice advocacy group.

"The status quo in education is not acceptable", DeVos said.

DeVos was the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party for years and in recent times has played a role in promoting charter schools in the state.

DeVos's husband, Dick DeVos, is an heir to the Amway fortune and a past head of hte company.

At least one conservative education group has already criticized the MI native ahead of her nomination over Common Core. DeVos has never worked in public education, the outlet reported.

Trump's choice of DeVos cheered advocates for charter schools and voucher programs.

DeVos, a leading proponent of charter schools and vouchers, has made clear her stand on Common Core State Standards stating on her website; "Certainly".

Advocates of public education in the United States have anxious that Trump would tap an education secretary who would speed up the privatization of public schools, a move that many fear could destroy America's public education system, the country's most important civic institution.

Reykdal says Trump's choice seems to conflict with his pre-election statements that states should have more freedom to run their schools.

"It's about a transfer of power from the system to the parent and child", DeVos said at the 2015 American Federation for Children Summit.

Her appointment will require Senate confirmation before she takes this new position. "Installing her in the Department of Education is the opposite of Trump's promise to drain the swamp". ― but in a statement, the Trump transition has confirmed the news, hailing DeVos as "a leader in the national school reform movement".

Stateside talks with Ken Sikkema about President-elect Trump's pick for education secretary. The sum total of her involvement has been spending her family's wealth in an effort to dismantle public education in MI.

DeVos has always been an active player in Republican politics, with deep pockets enabling her to act as a leading donor to conservative causes. She helped push for a failed 2000 ballot proposal to create a voucher system for students to attend nonpublic schools.

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