LAUSD board president says mission remains unchanged after education secretary choice

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday nominated Betsy DeVos to head the Department of Education, the first female pick for his cabinet.

"Betsy DeVos is an outstanding pick for Secretary of Education", he said.

Trump said he expects her to "reform the USA education system and break the bureaucracy that is holding our children back". "Her history is one of supporting vouchers vehemently and vouchers. are unlikely to have the impact on CT schools that we really need to see".

"Betsy DeVos has spent her life fighting to consistently undermine public education and to pour public, taxpayer money into short term schemes like vouchers or charter schools that do not allow opportunity for all students, with all being the key word", said Karen White, the deputy executive director of the National Education Association.

The National Education Association, the largest labor union in the U.S., was quick to slam Trump's pick, arguing that DeVos has "done more to undermine public education than support students" and accusing her of pushing "a corporate agenda". She also serves as a board member at The Potter's House School and the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

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. She's known for supporting charter schools and vouchers. DeVos said Amway had expanded operations to sell products in China, which required them by law to open a Chinese factory.

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Effrem told Sunshine State News her group and other anti-Common Core groups weren't pleased over the nomination, but explained it was partly expected.

President-elect Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos pose for a photo after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey.

Her brother, Erik, founded Blackwater, the security firm involved in the controversial Nusoor Square shooting in Iraq in 2007. He ran as the Republican nominee for MI governor against the incumbent, Jennifer Granholm, in 2006, and lost. The DeVos's also have donated millions of dollars to the arts and to Christian organizations. That's why we fight for parents to have the voice they need and communities throughout the country to have the local decision-making for their schools and the investment they need, so we do everything we can to help all children have a great public education. He has also said he wants to use the bully pulpit of the presidency to persuade states to devote another $110 billion toward vouchers - enough, he has said, for every child living in poverty to have a scholarship of $12,000 toward the school of his or her choice.

Several recent studies have found that voucher recipients' math and reading test scores decline after they transfer from public to private schools.

DeVos, too, was slow to warm to Trump. Among those under consideration: former New York Mayor and Trump loyalist Rudy Giuliani and 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, formerly an outspoken Trump critic. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. She was never an enthusiastic Trump supporter, telling the Washington Examiner in March that she considered him an "interloper" who "does not represent the Republican Party".

Dauphin said he did not know the Louisiana budget, but said, "Four full-time employees gives you a sense of AFC's commitment here".

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