Donald Trump picks charter school advocate and GOP donor Betsy DeVos as education secretary


US President-elect Donald Trump has chosen charter school advocate and billionaire Republican donor Betsy DeVos to be the Secretary of Education in his administration.

Mr Trump announced the appointment, which will be subject to Senate confirmation, on Wednesday, describing Ms DeVos as “a brilliant and passionate education advocate.”

The 58-year-old Michigan philanthropist is Mr Trump’s second female cabinet pick, following the announcement earlier on Wednesday of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as US ambassador to the United Nations.

Ms DeVos, who chairs education campaign group the American Federation for Children (AFC), wrote on Twitter that she was “honoured” to work with Mr Trump “on his vision to make American education great again,” adding: “The status quo in [education] is not acceptable.”


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