President-elect Donald Trump looks on as Betsy DeVos, his nominee for Secretary of Education, speaks in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

President-elect Donald Trump looks on as Betsy DeVos, his nominee for Secretary of Education, speaks in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Secretary of Education-designate Betsy DeVos is one of the wealthiest members of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet. Well known in Michigan, she’s an advocate for the expansion of charter schools and voucher programs that use taxpayer money for private schools.

The Senate confirmation hearings for the billionaire Republican fundraiser and activist are underway. NPR says there has not been ‘a more controversial pick for secretary of education’ in recent memory. So we ask, who is Betsy DeVos, and what has her opponents so worried?

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  • Frederick Hess Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).
  • Diane Ravitch Research professor of education, New York University; author of "Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools" (2013); she blogs at dianeravitch.net.

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