Meet Betsy DeVos, the polarizing charter-school advocate Trump has tapped as education secretary
President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday tapped Michigan billionaire and charter school advocate Betsy DeVos as his choice for education secretary, a move that has prompted a flurry of praise and backlash from either political side throughout the week.
DeVos, a fierce proponent of school vouchers allowing students to use public funds to attend private schools, heads up the nonprofit American Federation for Children and is a former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party.
She has been active in politics for almost 40 years, since she began volunteering for President Gerald Ford in 1976, and has since served on the Republican National Committee, the Alliance for School Choice, and the Foundation for Excellence in Education.
Trump, who supports vouchers and charter schools, called DeVos a “brilliant and passionate education advocate.”
DeVos is still a relatively unknown name at the national level, but she has become a prominent and polarizing figure in Michigan, where she fought for years against charter school regulation….
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