Who is the woman Donald Trump has named as his choice for the next U.S. Secretary of Education?
Betsy DeVos comes from the Michigan family that started Amway, the national multi-level marketing company. The DeVos family are very rich (read billionaire) philanthropists who have given to everything from revitalizing downtown Grand Rapids to helping schools and have contributed heavily to conservative politicians, with a special interest in those who favor charter schools and vouchers to send public students to private schools.
DeVos has campaigned personally and with her money to promote charter schools and vouchers, and in his one talk about education policy president-elect Donald Trump talked about trying new things and promoting options such as charters schools.
The Education Writers Association pulled together two reporters who have met and reported on DeVos and her work. They spoke about DeVos and her experience in education in an interview that you can listen to here.