New Secretary of Education Supports Homeschooling and Parental Choice
By Gena Suarez
On November 23, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump named Betsy DeVos as his pick for secretary of the United States Department of Education. “Under her leadership, we will reform the U.S. education system and break the bureaucracy that is holding our children back,” Trump said at the announcement.
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DeVos—a businesswoman, education advocate, and billionaire philanthropist—has backed private school voucher programs throughout the United States. She chairs the American Federation for Children, a private organization that works to expand school choice options across the country. DeVos has spent decades working for reforms in education as well as helping underserved children attain quality education.
In the spring 2013 issue of Philanthropy magazine, DeVos had this to say about homeschooling: “Homeschooling represents another perfectly valid educational option. We’ve seen more and more people opt for homeschooling, including in urban areas. What you’re seeing is parents who are fed up with their lack of power to do anything about where their kids are assigned to go to school. To the extent that homeschooling puts parents back in charge of their kids’ education, more power to them.” 
In 2015, Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act which gives more power to the states in identifying schools needing improvement. DeVos’s position as secretary of education comes at a critical time of implementing this new law. DeVos echoed Trump’s stance on education when she said, “The status quo in education is not acceptable. Together, we can work to make transformational change that ensures every student in America has the opportunity to fulfill his or her highest potential.”  She believes parents should be able to choose where their children go to school and that students shouldn’t be trapped in failing schools.
Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley agrees with DeVos’s appointment. “Betsy’s nomination shows that President-elect Trump is serious about building an education system that puts kids first and parents in the driver’s seat.” 
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