Trump chooses Betsy DeVos, a proponent of charter schools, as education secretary

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NEW YORK CITY — President-elect Donald Trump has picked Betsy DeVos, a top Republican donor and school choice activist, to head the Department of Education, the Trump transition team announced Wednesday.

Trump met with the billionaire donor this weekend at his golf club in New Jersey, where he hosted a slew of potential cabinet appointees.

Trump offered DeVos the position on Tuesday and she accepted the same day, one of the officials said.

DeVos chairs the American Federation for Children, a group that promotes charter school education, and also served on the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a group led by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — one of Trump’s GOP primary opponents — which promoted both school choice and the Common Core education standards.

Trump vowed during his campaign to eliminate the Common Core education standards, and his pick of DeVos may scare conservative opponents of the standards who hope Trump will make good on his campaign promise in office.

Trump spokesman Jason Miller said Sunday that Trump’s meeting with DeVos “largely focused on Common Core, setting higher national standards” and “promoting school choice across the nation.”

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