Trump picks Betsy DeVos to be education secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has selected a charter school advocate and GOP donor from Michigan to be education secretary.

Betsy DeVos becomes the second woman chosen to fill a spot in Trump's Cabinet. Earlier Wednesday, Trump named South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations earlier in the day.

Both selections require Senate confirmation.

Trump calls DeVos "a brilliant and passionate education advocate."

DeVos heads the advocacy group American Federation for Children. She's known for supporting charter schools and vouchers.

Before Trump's announcement, some conservatives were complaining about DeVos' ties to the political establishment. They also warned that she previously supported Common Core standards that Trump railed against during the campaign.

The 58-year-old DeVos is a former Michigan Republican Party chairwoman. Her husband, Dick, is an heir to the Amway fortune and a former company president.

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10 comments

  • steve

    While I support charter schools, Common Core is giving local control of schools to Washington, and she supports it. Let the department set goals in principle, but let local schools determine what local students need to reach them.

    • steve

      Anything I had read about her was saying she was in favor of Common Core. Now, on the news, she says she’s adamantly against it. Just like her husband she’s got a lot of politician in her. Imagine that.

    • No PC For Me

      No she does not support common core. That’s liberal/Soros propaganda.
      Went to school with Betsy. She is a nice person, That’s all I can say. I don’t know anything else.
      Her father saved the city of Holland. Despite the best efforts of the left to third world it.

  • Chris

    Makes me want to go out and buy a dyson vacuum. Privatized schools is proof that fading generations failed. However if you have a child now I understand you can’t wait to fix fading generations failure.

  • steve thomas

    Look at the picture of DeVos, Trump, and Pence. Which one looks Presidential? Someone who’s not afraid of hearing “You’re fired.” ought to tell Trump to button his suit coat. For crying out loud, he could take a thousand dollar suit and make it look like something from WalMart.

  • Bob

    I sure hope she has some new ideas. Wouldn’t it be great if a child could actually do math when they get out of school? Our kids need more homework and a whole lot less time playing games on their phone. How about learning how things work, instead of learning how to work them.

    • Chris

      They only teach us enough to read the advertisements but not enough to understand the fine print. Next will be monthly payments to drive on roads to get kids to schools and monthly payments for your kid to go to school. Then monthly payments on a loan that pays the other loans.

      • No PC For Me

        That was an Obama goal. To tax drivers by the mile ( google it)
        Most of us don’t realize that America had one foot in the grave and the other of a banana peal.
        Hillary ( under the direction of Soros) was taxed with the job of pushing us in.
        America survived by the skin of its teeth.

  • Laughing Out Loud

    Advocating Charter Schools and Vouchers is mutually exclusive to the Common Core agenda… the selection may be for the purpose of dismantling the department. If this is the case, I’m all for it!