LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – President-elect Donald Trump has picked a Michigan native, long-time charter school advocate and Republican activist Betsy DeVos, to serve as Secretary of Education.
DeVos has served as chair of the state Republican party twice from 1996 to 2000 and from 2003 to 2005.
She has also represented Michigan on the Republican National Committee.
She currently serves as chair of the American Federation for Children, a prominent advocacy group promoting school choice with an emphasis on vouchers.
Back in 2008 another group she headed, All Children Matter, was handed a $5.2 million fine from Ohio’s election committee for an illegal election contribution.
Suffice it to say that many union teachers and union leaders, when they sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, will have indigestion once they find out Betsy DeVos is the new Secretary of Education-elect.
Donald Trump made that announcement and it will be very controversial.
Republicans will absolutely adore the decision.
Ms. DeVos has a long record of supporting charter schools and vouchers for schools.
That process gives parents a check from the state and then they can go to a public, private, or religious school.
It remains very controversial.
Organized labor will not like this appointment because she basically is seen by them as anti-public education.
She will deny that.
Mr. Trump obviously was looking for someone to shake up the education system.
He has found one in Betsy DeVos.
She has a long record on taking on the establishment.
In fact, she fought former Governor John Engler over vouchers.
He opposed the ballot proposal, saying it will fail.
She strongly supported it and she resigned as Republican Party chair in her battle with the governor.
So while some teacher union members are chomping on their turkey tomorrow they’ll be thinking about a battle with Betsy DeVos and she’ll be ready when they come.