November 23, 2016

President-elect Trump nominates tuition voucher advocate Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education

President-elect Donald Trump today signaled his plan to nominate a well-known charter school advocate, tuition voucher supporter, and billionaire political donor as U.S. Secretary of Education.

Betsy DeVos is a former chair of the Michigan Republican Party and spouse of Amway billionaire Dick DeVos. They have poured millions of dollars into lobbying for voucher programs across the country.

The NEA and other labor groups quickly called the announcement an attack on public education.

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García told the Washington Post that DeVos has "consistently pushed a corporate agenda to privatize, de-professionalize and impose cookie-cutter solutions to public education."

"Her efforts over the years have done more to undermine public education than support students," García said.

Read full coverage of this announcement in the Washington Post: "Trump picks billionaire Betsy DeVos, school voucher advocate, as Education Secretary."

Read NEA President Lily Eskelsen García's full statement here



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