Nominee for Secretary of Education

Thursday, December 1, 2016

On Wednesday, November 23, 2017, President-elect Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. DeVos, a native of Holland, Michigan, is a long-time education advocate who has worked to establish and fund school choice initiatives, including charter schools and education voucher programs. Ms. DeVos is known for her involvement in several education reform organizations, including the American Federation for Children (AFC), the Education Freedom Fund, and the Foundation for Excellence in Education, to name a few.
For decades, Ms. DeVos has been involved in philanthropic activities, serving on charitable and civic boards. She has been active in the Michigan Republican Party, serving as the Chairman of the state party from 2003-2005.
Certainly, the nomination of Ms. DeVos certainly signals that the President-elect intends to pursue school choice initiatives outlined during the campaign, including adding an additional federal investment of $20 billion towards school choice and providing school choice options for every child living in poverty. Specifically, Mr. Trump's plan proposes to establish a block grant to states to invest in school choice for students living in poverty.
Ms. DeVos' nomination requires Senate confirmation, which will begin in January, once the 115th Congress convenes.
NSBA issued a statement following the announcement of Ms. DeVos' nomination. NSBA will continue to monitor developments and update you on congressional activities relating to Ms. DeVos' nomination.