Thursday, November 24, 2016

APPEALING TO NO ONE. Trump's pick as Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is drawing fire from all sides. But Jeb Bush likes her, and Trump is reaching out to rivals: 
Hours before the DeVos pick was announced, conservative policy leader Frank Cannon, president of American Principles Project, called her "an establishment, pro-Common Core secretary of education."

"This would not qualify as 'draining the swamp,'" Cannon said, referencing Trump's campaign trail slogan. "And it seems to fly in the face of what Trump has stated on education policy up to this point."

In a statement to Fox News, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said DeVos "has no meaningful experience in the classroom or in our schools."

“The president-elect, in his selection of Betsy DeVos, has chosen the most ideological, anti-public education nominee put forward since President Carter created a Cabinet-level Department of Education," Weingarten said. “In nominating DeVos, Trump makes it loud and clear that his education policy will focus on privatizing, defunding and destroying public education in America."

Former presidential contender and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush called DeVos "an outstanding pick" for the position.

“She has a long and distinguished history championing the right of all parents to choose schools that best ensure their children’s success," he said in a statement.

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