Despot-elect Donald Trump continued to drain the swamp today by filling the swamp with more alligators.
Trump has reportedly selected billionaire Amway heiress Betsy DeVos to serve as secretary of education and DeVos has accepted.
The National Education Associated has already released a statement opposing DeVos.
“We believe that the chance for the success of a child should not depend on winning a charter lottery, being accepted by a private school, or living in the right ZIP code,” said Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association. “We have, and will continue, to fight for all students to have a great public school in their community and the opportunity to succeed no matter their backgrounds or circumstances.”
In a statement, Trump said he chose DeVos because she’s a passionate advocate for “school choice” which, when properly translated, means she’s in favor privatizing virtually all public education.
Betsy DeVos married into the Amway fortune family which has donated heavily to GOP candidates and causes. She has never been a teacher, never worked in education, or even held public office. DeVos’s brother is Eric Prince, the founder of the Blackwater private security firm that we all remember from the darkest days of the Iraq war.
With all of that said, it will be difficult for Trump and DeVos to radically transform education in every state. Years of legal challenges, strikes, and conflicts with established law are coming. States that are still controlled by Democrats will likely file challenges to whatever the despot-elect’s administration tries to push on them.