Education Advocates are Divided Over DeVos

The debate continues to swirl around President-elect Trump’s choice for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, and even some school choice advocates aren’t happy. Below is a collection of some of the most recent articles addressing DeVos’ selection.

Betsy DeVos and the Plan to Break Public Schools (Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, December 14, 2016) looks at DeVos’ track record, or lack thereof, in promoting educational reform in Michigan.

School Choice Advocates Divided Over Trump and His education pick, Betsy DeVos (Emma Brown, The Washington Post, December 12, 2016) highlights how Trump’s rhetoric and DeVos’ record may undo decades of progress created by a carefully bipartisan alliance.

The Betsy DeVos Nomination Bodes Well for Parents’ Involvement in Education (Alexandra Hudson, The Federalist, December 6, 2016) argues that, for better or worse, DeVos’ appointment could result in federal policy following the way of state policy, where states that offer school choice have increased from nine to 43 over the last decade.

Who is Part of Ed. Sec. Betsy DeVos’ Policy Circle? (Alyson Klein, Education Week, December 14, 2016) takes a look at the likely job candidates for a DeVos Education Department.

DeVos Would Be First Pick for Ed. Sec. Who Hasn’t Been a Public School Parent or Student (Alyson Klein, Education Week, December 6, 2016) highlights the fact that DeVos, would be the first person to head the department in its more than 35-year history who hasn’t either attended public schools or sent her own children to them.