Trump’s Pick For Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is ‘Not a Common Core Supporter’
Another announcement of cabinet pick by President-elect Donald Trump is signaling his commitment to keeping campaign promise to reform the country’s failing public education system.
Calling charter school advocate, Betsy DeVos, "a brilliant and passionate education advocate," Trump referenced his pledge to raise the educational standards for U.S. students, especially those in inner cities who particularly suffer from bad schools with low graduation and literacy rates.
"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,” a written statement from the Trump transition team read.
DeVos echoed Trump in her own statement that confirmed for many on the Left that Trump intends to lessen the control of powerful teachers’ unions.
“The status quo in education is not acceptable."
The pick has managed to draw criticism from both the hard right and the left, although Trump’s former rival for the Republican nomination, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said DeVos is "an outstanding pick."
“She has a long and distinguished history championing the right of all parents to choose schools that best ensure their children’s success," said Bush in a statement.
Conservative Frank Cannon of the American Principles Project, called DeVos "an establishment, pro-Common Core secretary of education,” referencing the federally mandated set of policies that has removed public schools far from the control of local boards and parents within communities.
DeVos has both openly condemned Common Core, but supported educational organizations that support it, leaving herself open to the charge.
Criticism from the left centered around DeVos’s long time support of charter schools with Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers noting she “has no meaningful experience in the classroom or in our schools,” and calling her an “anti-public education nominee.”
Weingarten accused Trump of wanting to focus on “privatizing, defunding and destroying public education in America."
DeVos is the second woman named by Trump to serve in his administration; South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is his choice as ambassador to the United Nations.
All cabinet appointments go through the occasionally contentious confirmation process in the Senate.