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President-elect Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos, his pick for education secretary, pose for photographs at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
President-elect Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos, his pick for education secretary, pose for photographs at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
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Trump said last week he plans to nominate Michigan billionaire and Republican activist Betsy DeVos to serve as education secretary.

The former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party has limited experience with public education, but she helped push a failed 2000 ballot initiative in that state to create a school voucher system. She also chaired the American Federation for Children, a policy advocacy group that promotes charters, vouchers, and other school choice initiatives.

Trump, in the statement announcing her as his pick said she will be able to "break the bureaucracy that is holding our children back."

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Paul Reville, professor of educational policy and administration at Harvard Graduate School of Education, founding director of HGSE's Education Redesign Lab and former secretary of education under Gov. Deval Patrick (2008-2013). He tweets @paulreville.

This segment aired on December 2, 2016.

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