Ben Chapman of the New York Daily News reports that there is finally a potential choice for U.S. Secretary of Education.
According to CNN, Trump was considering Success Academy founder and former City Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz and former Washington, D.C. schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee.
According to Chapman it is not surprising that President-elect Donald Trump was considering a couple of charter school champions for the nation’s top education post. Particularly after he endorsed charter schools and school choice on the campaign trail. Though his choices took some experts by surprise Tuesday, others said it revealed little about Trump’s ambitions for American schools.
Moskowitz made headlines for her controversial defense of a teacher at her school who was caught on tape ripping up a minority student’s math assignment and making her leave her classmates to sit in a time-out area when the student could not explain how she reached the answer to a math problem.
Rhee is notably not without controversy herself in regards to her time as D.C. Chancellor of Education. Her politicized stance on standardized testing which pushed her into the then mayoral election cycle stunned many as she campaigned with former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty. As the race became heated and many came out in staunch disapproval of Rhee and her policies, Wal-mart’s Walton Family Foundation threatened to withdraw financial support from D.C. educational programs if Rhee did not keep her job. This outraged many D.C. voters who gave the race to former Mayor Vincent Gray effectively dumping Rhee and leaving her with a damaged reputation.
“They’re interesting choices,” said Brooklyn College education professors David Bloomfield. “They’re not Washington insiders. And they’re both proven education leaders who are to the left of Trump’s rhetoric, in some ways.”
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