President-elect Donald Trump has picked a school-choice activist, Betsy DeVos, to be the secretary of education. Who is she? Here’s what you need to know.
1) She was not a Trump enthusiast
DeVos is a billionaire who has been involved in the Republican party as a top donor and served as the state Republican Party chair in Michigan. She financially supported Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush, and ultimately decided to support Marco Rubio in the primaries. In March, she told the Washington Examiner that Donald Trump did not represent the Republican party.
“I continue to be very optimistic that as we get further along into the process, the more voters know about him, and the more informed they are, the more they’re going to continue to break away,” DeVos told the Examiner.
Today her stance is different.
I am honored to work with the President-elect on his vision to make American education great again. The status quo in ed is not acceptable.
— Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVos) November 23, 2016
2) She has ties to pro-Common Core organizations
The Common Core is a set of state standards that detail what K-12 students should know at the end of each grade in mathematics and English language arts. DeVos is a former board member of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a group led by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, that promotes school choice and the Common Core education standards.
During his campaign Trump vowed to eliminate the Common Core education standards, and although DeVos has ties to such organizations, she has clarified she is not a supporter herself.
“I am not a supporter,” her website reads. “I do support high standards, strong accountability, and local control.”
3) Jeb Bush has praised Trump’s choice through a Facebook post
“Her allegiance is to families, particularly those struggling at the bottom of the economic ladder, not to an outdated public education model that has failed them from one generation to the next,” Bush wrote on Wednesday.