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The Trump Effect on Education

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Meet Betsy DeVos, the polarizing charter-school advocate Trump has tapped as education secretary
By Michelle Mark

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….

Read more (Yahoo! Finance)


With DeVos pick, school choice is likely Trump education priority
Donald Trump has named Betsy DeVos as his choice for education secretary. DeVos, who has never worked in public education, is a prominent advocate of charter schools and school vouchers. What does this pick say about Trump’s education agenda?
Podcast/Transcript (PBS)

What’s the worst that could happen?
President-elect Donald Trump’s decision last week to nominate Betsy DeVos, a Michigan billionaire and conservative activist, as his education secretary has caused great consternation in parts of the education world — those parts that are deeply concerned about the future of public education.
Read article (Washington Post)

Trump’s Billionaire Education Secretary Has Been Trying to Gut Public Schools for Years
The movement for charter schools is bipartisan – but the DeVos family has been promoting a much more radical idea of choice—one that favors moving public funding to private and religious schools over charters.
Read article (Mother Jones)

In the Black Community, a Division over Charter Schools
Among African-American parents and the NAACP, the debate over school choice and its impact on public education is already a heated one. From Memphis, Education Week’s Lisa Stark reports.
See video (PBS Newshour)

The Trump Effect
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project administered an online survey to K–12 educators. The survey data indicate that the results of the election are having a profoundly negative impact on schools and students.
See report (SPLC)

Teachers Rework Lesson Plans After Donald Trump’s Election
Teachers are wrestling with how best to educate on a significant event that has split the country. Textbooks have yet to catch up to one of the most contentious presidential elections in modern history. Lesson plans are being created on the fly.
See video (WSJ)

Teaching In The Age Of Trump
As the dust from the presidential election settled, teachers across the country grappled with the question: How do I talk to my students about what just happened? After a divisive campaign season with racially-charged rhetoric and sexist themes, teachers wanted to make sure students felt included, heard and safe.
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