Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — President-elect Donald Trump has tapped charter school advocate and businesswoman Betsy DeVos as his pick for education secretary, his transition team announced Wednesday.
DeVos, who met with Trump in New Jersey over the weekend, is the second woman Trump intends to nominate for his cabinet. Earlier Wednesday, he announced plans to nominate Gov. Nikki Haley, R-S.C., to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
“I am honored to accept this responsibility to work with the President-elect on his vision to make American education great again,” said DeVos in a statement. “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.”
The Michigan businesswoman, a leading school choice advocate, is also a prolific GOP donor.
Once officially nominated, DeVos must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
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