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President Elect Donald Trump announced early last week that he had tapped school choice activist Betsy DeVos to head the Department of Education. He later extended a formal offer which she accepted the same day. In a statement, Trump explained, “Betsy DeVos is a brilliant and passionate education advocate,” he continued, “under her leadership we will reform the US 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.” As government changes, we should be aware of these changes, so here are 10 quick facts about the new Education Secretary and her position.

  1. Betsy DeVos is an American businesswoman, activist, philanthropist, and billionaire.

  2. She is known for her advocacy of school choice and voucher programs.

  3. DeVos attended Calvin College in Michigan and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and political science.

  4. She has been involved in Michigan politics since 1982, working her way up until she eventually served as the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party from 1996-2000 and again from 2003-2005.

  5. Mrs. DeVos is the chairwoman of a privately held group known as Windquest Group, which invests in technology, manufacturing, and clean energy. She and her husband founded the group together in 1989.

  6. DeVos was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Board of Directors of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2004, and served until 2010.

  7. Betsy leads a PAC focused around educations, entitled All Children Matter, which was founded by the DeVos’ in 2003 to promote school vouchers, tax credits to businesses that give private school scholarships, and candidates who support these causes. She and her husband have provided millions in funding for the PAC.

  8. The Secretary of Education is a part of the president’s cabinet and is 15th in the line of presidential succession.

  9. The secretary serves as the head of the U.S. Department of Education, acts to propose and execute legislation that deals with federal influence over education policy. They are advised by the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity and reports to the president.

  10. Betsy DeVos will be the 11th Secretary of Education.  She will be taking over from John King Junior.  He was appointed by President Obama in March, 2016.

    Danielle B
    Danielle is a conservative political consultant who aides organizations in communicating their big ideas and empowering leaders. She works with a multitude of organizations, most notably including the American Conservation Coalition, OUTSET Network, and Future Female Leaders. Danielle can't explain why she doesn't need feminism, she's too busy succeeding without it. She likes coffee, capitalism, and proving people wrong.

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