DeVos would be the first person to lead the department in its more than 35-year history who hasn't been either attended public schools or sent her own children to them. Does that matter? It depends on who you ask.
Last year, Republicans on Capitol Hill and a range of school groups teamed up to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act. But a school voucher push may divide them.
The North Carolina Republican, who takes a dim view of federal involvement in education policy, will replace Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., who is retiring.
Some are worried about the enforcement of various civil rights issues by President-elect Donald Trump, but others say the office has overstepped its bounds under President Barack Obama.
The Foundation for Excellence in Education, founded by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, hosted its annual summit in Washington, focusing this year on the Every Student Succeeds Act.
President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education and her husband, Dick DeVos Jr., have been big-time donors to Republican candidates and groups.
In a radio interview, Dick DeVos Jr., husband of the U.S. Secretary of Education nominee, also said she had never met President-elect Donald Trump until after the election.
Betsy DeVos' views on civil rights issues for students and protections for disadvantaged learners and other student groups are less well-known than her support for school choice.
States get greater flexibility on school ratings, schools with high testing opt-out rates, and in other areas than under a draft version of the ESSA regulations.
President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Betsy DeVos, a longtime school choice advocate and Republican mega-donor, to be his education secretary, he announced Wednesday.