Betsy DeVos has accepted the position of education secretary for President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet. On Nov. 23, 2016, the Trump transition team verified the appointment, according to NBC News. Trump stated, “Betsy DeVos is a brilliant and passionate education advocate.”
The 58-year-old hails from Michigan where she is the chairman of the board of the American Federation for Children. DeVos is a strong proponent of education vouchers and charter schools.
Trump believes they will end the political stranglehold that prevents American children from succeeding. He further states the overall plan is to establish programs that will bring the schools up to par with the rest of the world.
Since DeVos contends that charter schools and vouchers are a good idea, enacting this policy will likely bring school choice for every child and family in America.
John F. Kirtley, the vice chairman of the foundation, issued a statement of congratulations for his colleague’s appointment. “We applaud [Trump] for choosing and placing his trust in Betsy DeVos to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of Education,” wrote Kirtley.
The American Federation for Children is a national advocacy organization that promotes the fact that family choice for the education of children, kindergarten through grade 12, is essential. They support Education Savings Accounts (ESAs), which is a voucher program that allows parents to choose whatever school they deem best for their children, particularly private and home schools. They further advocate the need for school choice and scholarship tax credit programs.
Written by Cathy Milne
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