Almost everyone in Trump’s cabinet has experience with public education—except the education secretary
Among the myriad of objections leveled at Betsy DeVos, US president Donald Trump’s pick to lead American public education, the most stark is the fact that she’s never actually attended a public high school or university. Nor have her four children.
Richland High School; Central Washington University
US Military Academy
University of Texas at Austin
Housing and urban development
Detroit Public Schools
Syosset High School
Paint Creek Independent School District; Texas A&M University
Whitefish High School; University of Oregon
Wilcox Central High School
Environmental protection agency
University of Kentucky
Small business administration
New Bern High School; East Carolina University
Health and human services
Dearborn High School; University of Michigan
Kent State University
Director of national intelligence
Jackson High School
US trade representative
Warner Robins High School; University of Georgia
*Shulkin attended a private university. The details of his high school are not available.
With the exception of DeVos, Trump himself, and just a handful of others, most of Trump’s administration have had some form of experience with American public education, whether that’s graduating from public high schools or attending public universities. And that’s even given their absurd wealth (Trump’s cabinet picks have more money than a third of American households combined), and the fact that affluent people usually gravitate toward private schooling.
DeVos, a Michigan billionaire who favors the idea that federal money should go to independent schools as well as public ones, was called out as an ill-fitting choice to lead the US Education Department from the start—and now the awkwardness is all the more apparent. She attended a private Christian high school in Michigan, then a private liberal arts college.