Education K-12

Ep. 40: The Public Education of Betsy DeVos
The Week Ahead

After a bruising Senate confirmation process, Betsy DeVos is now Education Department chief. But she still has a lot of distrust to overcome, says CQ Roll Call’s education reporter Emily Wilkins. Even so, she's poised to influence how Congress and America view one of the pillars of American life – public schools.

Show Notes:

Betsy DeVos Tapped for Education Secretary
Republican philanthropist is a school choice advocate

Betsy DeVos previously donated $50,000 to a political action committee supporting Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for president. (Courtesy Betsy DeVos Twitter page)

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday picked Republican megadonor Betsy DeVos to be his Education secretary, a move that would put a strong supporter of school choice in charge of federal education policy.

“Betsy DeVos is a brilliant and passionate education advocate,” Trump said in a statement. “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.”