Trump's Pick for Education Secretary

We’ve already posted about the education policies we might see from President-elect Trump. Now that he’s identified his choice to lead the Department of Education, we can take into account her stances as well. Most notably, Betsy DeVos has proven to be staunchly in favor of school choice. 

 “The mantra of opportunity, choice and competition has been the guiding principle for Betsy DeVos in Michigan and nationally.” - NPR’s Eric Westerveldt

“The mantra of opportunity, choice and competition has been the guiding principle for Betsy DeVos in Michigan and nationally.” - NPR’s Eric Westerveldt

DeVos and her husband founded aviation and STEM focused charter school West Michigan Aviation Academy, a well-regarded school that may help combat the country’s growing shortage of pilots and plane mechanics. She has backed efforts to increase the number of charter schools and decrease regulations, and advocated for programs that use public money to help students attend private schools.

Proponents of DeVos’s stances want investments in education to follow children to whatever school they choose, whether it’s public or private, and say charters have improved performance in cities including Boston, New York, and New Orleans. Detractors, including teachers’ unions, say voucher plans like those backed by DeVos take funds from traditional public schools that need them and often prioritize profit over learning, and point to failed voucher programs in states like Louisiana and Ohio.

We’ve posted about charter schools before, and we believe that while many charter schools have been successful, there’s plenty of room for improvement in regulations, and they’re not always the solution to problems in education.

What do you think about President-elect Trump’s choice for Education Secretary? Leave your comments below.

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