Betsy DeVos


DeVos is a former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party and a GOP super-donor. Ms. DeVos is likely to further reduce the federal role in public schools, and to push for an expansion of charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools. DeVos was confirmed by the Senate on 7 February 2017. 

Read the AAAS letter to Secretary of Education nominee, Betsy DeVos.

Why is this department important to the science community?

The Department of Education plays a central role in preparing students for science, technology, engineering and mathematics career opportunities, and in preparing high-quality STEM teachers. Research into the ways people learn and the role of school environments, including some funded by the Department through the Institute for Education Sciences, can be brought to bear on policies aimed at improving education for students in school districts across the nation. Basing policy decisions on scientific evidence – rigorously obtained and thoroughly tested – is essential for assessing what works, what doesn’t, and what options are most likely to achieve their desired outcomes.