Betsy DeVos: Everything You Need to Know

The 58-year-old DeVos is a former Michigan Republican Party chairwoman.

DeVos is chairman of The Windquest Group, a Michigan-based investment management company. Writing of her husband, Dick DeVos, who unsuccessfully ran for MI governor in 2006, Metro Times' Curt Guyette deduced that the Amway Corp. heir must have had the presidency in his sights, and it appears the couple have bought their way into one.

Betsy DeVos has been chosen by president-election Donald Trump to be the next education secretary of the U.S. on Wednesday.

Some education reformers in the US champion the use of charter schools, which they view as favorable to mass public education to give impoverished children a chance to attend better schools with more personalized instruction. Education advocates have already expressed concern about DeVos' history of supporting school voucher programs.

Despite its high-profile support from some people who are wealthy and send their children to private schools, there is no convincing body of evidence in the long term that vouchers do anything besides foot the bill to take students from public schools and put them in private schools.

Anti-Common Core groups also expressed their dismay over the appointment due to DeVos' close affiliation with Bush's education foundation, which has promoted the controversial Common Core State Standards.

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Betsy DeVos becomes the second woman chosen to fill a spot in Trump's Cabinet.

One of the nation's largest education unions has opposed the nomination.

Suffice it to say that many union teachers and union leaders, when they sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, will have indigestion once they find out Betsy DeVos is the new Secretary of Education-elect.

Holland Mayor Nancy DeBoer told WHTC's Mary Ellen Murphy that's it's fantastic someone from West Michigan has been nominated for the President's cabinet.

One-half of the biggest power couple in MI politics, DeVos is the former head of the state Republican Party and the founder of the Great Lakes Education Project, the state's most vocal backer of private charter schools. Her children attended private Christian schools.

DeVos is easily one of the nation's best-known proponents of school vouchers, also favored by the president-elect. The standards were modified slightly then rebranded under a new name, the Florida Standards, which were fully implemented in Florida's schools in the 2014-2015 school year. But otherwise DeVos would seem an unorthodox choice.

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Zorc said she would remain optimistic on DeVos, however.

At least one conservative education group has already criticized the MI native ahead of her nomination over Common Core.

But some Trump backers are not convinced. "I am pleased to nominate Betsy as secretary of the Department of Education".

The Common Core is a set of state standards that detail what K-12 students should know at the end of each grade in mathematics and English language arts. "Anybody joining the Administration is signing on to the President-elect's platform and vision for moving America forward". However, this proposal may face roadblocks since education is not a federal mandate.

"It will probably be part of her agenda because that was part of the agenda Donald Trump campaigned on", points out retired Calvin College political science professor Corwin Smidt.

In March, she told the Washington Examiner, "I don't think Donald Trump represents the Republican Party". "She is a strong independent thinker and she does not walk to the drum of the Common Core elites".

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