Betsy Devos to be Trump’s New Education Secretary
A 2nd female nomination was announced by the Trump Transition Team today. President elect Trump has appointed West Michigan GOP mega donor and philanthropist Betsy DeVos to be his education secretary. Mrs. Devos is pro school choice and has been tapped to be in charge of the nation’s education policy.
Ms. DeVos, age 58, is seen as a national leader in the school choice movement, which she believes “empowers” parents to find good schools for their children, whether they be traditional public schools in other neighborhoods, charter schools, virtual schools or private institutions.
“Betsy DeVos is a brilliant and passionate education advocate,” Trump said Wednesday in a statement. “Under her leadership, we will reform the U.S. 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.”
On Tuesday, former Washington, D.C., school chancellor Michelle Rhee took herself out of the running for education secretary, clearing the path for DeVos’ appointment.