GOOD TRUMP: Trump Chooses Voucher Advocate For Secretary of Education


In 1981, President Ronald Reagan vowed to abolish the Department of Education. In 1985, he abandoned the quest, citing lack of Congressional support. Now, Donald Trump has chosen an education secretary likely to undercut the left’s dominance of federal public school programs.

Meet Betsy DeVos, a massive donor and leader in the movement for charter schools and school vouchers. DeVos explained, “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.” DeVos, who is chair of the American Federation for Children, used to support Common Core; she apparently no longer does, although that hasn’t stopped criticism from Common Core foes. She’s considered a member of the Republican establishment, and though many of her allies gave tons of money to Trump, she did not; she even called him an “interloper” during his early run.

In 2013, DeVos set forth her goals: that “all parents, regardless of their zip code, have…the opportunity to choose the best educational setting for their children.” This has angered all the major public sector teacher’s unions – scamster Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers whined, “she would impose her reckless and extreme ideology on the nation.” Weingarten added, “Trump has chosen the most ideological, anti-public ed nominee since the creation of the Dept of Education.” Atheist lobbyist Barry Lynn of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, said the DeVos pick was “an insult to public education.”

All of this is terrific.

One of Trump’s better proposals during the campaign was redirecting federal public school money directly to low-income parents, who could use their market power to choose a better education for their children. DeVos will likely oversee that program. Breaking the stranglehold of the public sector teacher’s unions over education won’t only raise standards among kids, it will help destroy the left’s dominance of the educational system as a whole, meaning a broader variety of views among those teaching children. That’s a great thing.

The DeVos pick is a reassuring one. DeVos wasn’t a Trump acolyte, she’s got a terrific record on the issue in question, and she could be a strong advocate for change. Well done, Mr. President-Elect.