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Since President-elect Donald Trump nominated Betsy DeVos to be the next leader of the U.S. Department of Education, praise has come in from elected leaders, influential education groups, and conservatives that know school choice is the right approach:

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN): “Betsy DeVos is an excellent choice…Besty has worked for years to improve educational opportunities for all children.”

Congressman John Kline (R-MN): “Betsy DeVos has been a tireless advocate for ensuring every child has an opportunity to receive an excellent education and every parent has the ability to do what’s right for his or her child.”

  • She would be a vital ally as Congress works to strengthen the nation’s higher education system and ensure recent reforms to improve K-12 education are implemented in a way that reflects the letter and intent of the law.” 

Attorney General Bill Schuette (R-MI): For 28 Years, DeVos has made it her mission in life to help children — especially disadvantaged children — receive a quality education.” 

  • “She will bring a fresh perspective, a new set of eyes and a reformer’s bent to her new job as Secretary of Education. It’s a daunting task. But it may be the single most important cabinet position in the U.S. government, because it affects the future of our country.”

Fmr. Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH): “DeVos has a long and exceptional track record of pushing for strong, effective educational reforms that give kids a shot at success.”

  • “She has fought wars against the status quo and its keepers, the teachers’ union leadership. she will be a new broom, sweeping in great ideas.”

David Coleman, College Board CEO: “Betsy DeVos is a remarkable citizen leader. She believes fiercely in our founding principles of liberty and equality of opportunity. We can’t wait to see what she does next as Secretary of Education.”  

Harold O. Levy, ED Of Jack Kent Cooke Foundation: “President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Betsy DeVos as his nominee to head the Department of Education is a strong sign that his administration could increase the use of revolutionary educational technology (edtech) to dramatically improve instruction for millions of children in America’s schools.”   

Ingrid Jacques, Wall Street Journal: “Her history of promoting charter schools goes back to 1994, when she worked closely with former Republican Gov. John Engler to pass Michigan’s charter law. These alternative public schools, free from union constraints, have flourished—especially in Detroit, where more than half of students attend charters. Only New Orleans has a higher percentage of students in charter schools.”

  • “Charter schools in Detroit have given parents at least one viable alternative to failing public schools. That’s thanks in large part to Betsy DeVos. Now, with the coming official title of education secretary, she has the opportunity to give parents all across the country the same kind of say in their children’s education.”

Paul Greenberg, TownHall.Com: “Betsy DeVos never accepted the status forever quo but fought back, first in now-Republican Michigan and soon enough across the country.”  

  • “Not since Ronald Reagan’s era have prospects for a new beginning in American education seemed so bright.”

William Stutts, FoxNews.Com: “Mrs. DeVos, for example, has spent her life promoting school choice, and her husband founded a charter school.”

  • “And that’s the legacy of Betsy DeVos. A change agent that doesn’t talk the talk, but walks the walk -by investing her time, people and yes, money, to save children trapped in failing schools.”
  • “Betsy’s philosophy has always been that we need to stand up for those left behind right now, not in 10 years, not even tomorrow. Children’s lives today are worth just as much as those who will be around in 10 years.”



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