Trump Makes Another Cabinet Pick

Donald Trump has chosen school choice advocate Betsy Devos as his secretary of education. Per the Detroit News:

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday said he intends to appoint west Michigan GOP mega donor and philanthropist Betsy DeVos to be his education secretary, putting an ardent supporter of school choice in charge of the nation’s education policy.

DeVos, 58, is seen as a national leader in the school choice movement, which she has called an attempt to “empower” 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.”

Trump’s appointment of DeVos is subject to confirmation by the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate.

Conservatives are split on the pick, with many noting that DeVos has in the past supported Common Core. DeVos clarified that position on Twitter this afternoon:

Top conservatives seemed cautiously optimistic to downright enthused about the pick:

 

And perhaps the best endorsement of Weingarten came in this harried tweet from AFT President Randi Weingarten, an ardent opponent of school choice, who is losing her freaking mind on Twitter right now. 

 

We wish Devos the best of luck, and hope she can help remedy the educational inadequacies in our inner cities and provide real educational opportunities to those who currently don’t have them.


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