- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 23, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his nominee for secretary of education would be Betsy DeVos, a national leader in the school choice movement.

Mr. Trump described her as a “brilliant and passionate education advocate.”

“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,” Mr. Trump said in a statement.

Ms. DeVos, a Republican mega-donor and chairman of the American Federation for Children, vowed to help Mr. Trump remake the education system.

“I am honored to accept this responsibility to work with the president-elect on his vision to make American education great again,” she said. “The status quo in education is not acceptable. Together, we can work to make transformational change that ensures every student in America has the opportunity to fulfill his or her highest potential.”

The selection was likely an easy call for Mr. Trump, who during the campaign regularly championed school choice and the charter school movement to which Ms. DeVos is dedicated.

However, Ms. Devos’ charitable foundation is a donor to Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education, which supports Common Core education standards that Mr. Trump has vowed to eliminate.

Ms. DeVos, a former chairman of the Michigan GOP, has spent decades advocating for school choice reforms and helping underserved children gain access to quality education.

The Trump campaign highlighted her work with the American Federation for Children, whose stated mission is to “improve our nation’s K-12 education by advancing systemic and sustainable public policy that empowers parents, particularly those in low-income families, to choose the education they determine is best for their children.”

• S.A. Miller can be reached at smiller@washingtontimes.com.

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