Betsy DeVos, charter school advocate, is Donald Trump's pick for secretary of education

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President-elect Donald Trump is set to nominate Betsy DeVos, a billionaire and school choice advocate, as his secretary of education.

"Betsy DeVos is a brilliant and passionate education advocate," Trump said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. "Under her leadership, we will reform the U.S. education system and break the bureaucracy that is holding our children back so that we can deliver world-class education and school choice to all families."

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Continuing a day of one-on-one meetings with candidates for positions in his cabinet, President-elect Donald Trump met with Betsy DeVos, two polar opposites thought to be in contention for the education portfolio.

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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence stand with Betsy DeVos before their meeting at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., November 19, 2016.

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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence emerge with Betsy DeVos after their meeting at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., November 19, 2016.

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Continuing a day of one-on-one meetings with candidates for positions in his cabinet, President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met with Betsy DeVos, two polar opposites thought to be in contention for the education portfolio.

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Dick DeVos, center, son of Orlando Magic Chairman Rich DeVos, and his wife Betsy DeVos, watch from their court side seats during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. The Magic won 104-101.

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Grant Hill #33 of the Los Angeles Clippers shakes hands with Owner Dick DeVos, Chairman of Amway and his wife Betsy DeVos during the game against the Orlando Magic during the game on February 6, 2013 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos, standing with wife, Betsy DeVos, concedes his race to Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm at the Republican Election night party in Lansing, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006.

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GOP gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos, center, stands with his family from left, son Rick, wife Betsy, son Ryan, and daughter Elissa stand on stage at the Michigan state Republican party convention in Novi, Mich., Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006. Michigan Republicans focused on the state's economy Saturday as they nominated a slate of statewide candidates for November's election. Much of the Republican Party convention was a formality when it came to selecting candidates. The GOP's nominees for most statewide offices had been penciled in for a long time, and the estimated 3,000 convention attendees endorsed them as expected.

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Betsy DeVos walks with her husband, Republican gubernatorial challenger Dick DeVos after his debate with Gov. Jennifer Granholm in East Lansing, Mich., Oct. 2, 2006. Before the 2006 gubernatorial campaign, it's quite likely that Betsy was better known around Michigan than her husband. While he was leading a couple of businesses, she was leading the Michigan GOP twice, resigning the first time in a very public dust-up with then-Gov. John Engler.

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US President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush wave after they were introduced by the Chair of the Michigan Republican Party Betsy DeVos 30 October 2004 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Bush is on his final three days of campaigning prior for the election November 02.

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Michigan GOP Chairwoman Betsy DeVos, center, announces the re-election of Reps. Mike Rogers, left, and Candice Miller during a Republican victory party, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004, in Lansing, Mich.

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Betsy DeVos is shown Feb. 2, 2000, at the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich. On Thursday, May 20, 2004 State House Democratic leaders wanted a resolution criticizing Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Betsy DeVos. They got a resolution about vehicle fuel economy instead on Thursday, the latest twist in a political spat about Devos' comments regarding high wages, high taxes and excess regulation in Michigan.

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Former President George Bush, right, and Betsy DeVos, chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, answer reporters' questions Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, in Sterling Heights, Mich. Bush attended a fund-raising dinner in Michigan to campaign for his son, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, who is seeking the Republican nomination for president.

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DeVos is the former chair of the Michigan Republican Party and currently heads the American Federation for Children, which aggressively pushes for charter schools and voucher programs that let students go to private schools with taxpayer funds.

She and her husband, Dick DeVos — who together were worth more than $5 billion in 2012, according to Reuters — have funded initiatives to push for school voucher programs.

"The status quo in education is not acceptable," DeVos said in a statement. "Together, we can work to make transformational change that ensures every student in America has the opportunity to fulfill his or her highest potential."

DeVos could face tension with Trump over her support of Common Core, which seeks to set a baseline of learning standards for K-12 education in the country. Trump is a vocal opponent of the initiative.

Related: Donald Trump's rumored picks for the Trump administration

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Sarah Palin is rumored to be among Trump's picks for Interior Secretary. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump named Jeff Sessions his pick for U.S. attorney general. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump named Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn his pick for National Security Adviser. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Trump named Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., as his preferred pick for CIA director. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Newt Gingrich is rumored to be among Trump's top picks for secretary of state. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Mitt Romney has reportedly been in discussions for secretary of state. 

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Ted Cruz was believed to be under consideration for Trump's attorney general

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Steven Mnuchin is rumored to be Trump's top pick for Treasury Secretary. (KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
 

Bob Corker is also rumored to be among Trump's picks for secretary of state. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

Stephen Hadley is rumored to be in the running for secretary of defense. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Jim Talent is rumored to also be in the running for secretary of defense. REUTERS/Tim Parker 

Rudy Giuliani was also rumored to be among Trump's top picks for attorney general. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Forrest Lucas is rumored to be Trump's top pick for Interior Secretary. ( Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

Robert Grady is also being eyed for the Interior Secretary position.  REUTERS/Fred Prouser 

Donald Trump Jr. is also said to have interest in the Interior Secretary position. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)

Controversial pick Sid Miller is one of the many being considered for Agriculture Secretary. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Sam Brownback is also one of the several names being considered for Agriculture Secretary. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Billionaire Wilbur Ross is a rumored choice for Commerce Secretary. FINANCE-WLROSS/ REUTERS/Tim Chong 

Daniel Dimicco, a Trump Trade Advisor is also on the possible list for Commerce Secretary.  REUTERS/Chris Keane 

Victoria Lipnic (left) is being considered for Labor Secretary.(AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Rick Scott is considered to be a top contender for Health and Human Services Secretary.  REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

Ben Carson was also rumored to be in the running for Health and Human Services Secretary -- but said he doesn't want the job. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Harold Hamm is considered to be the top contender for Energy Secretary.  (AP PhotoKevin Cederstrom)

Jeff Miller's name has been bounced around many times for the Veterans Affairs Secretary position. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

David Clarke is rumored to be among Trump's top picks for Homeland Security Secretary. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Myron Bell who has been a part of Trump's transition team is rumored to be the top pick for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator position. 

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Representative Tom Price of Georgia is being considered for the position of secretary of health and human services.

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Ivana Trump, the president-elect's ex-wife, has said she wants Trump to name her as ambassador to the Czech Republic.

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John Bolton is yet another rumored pick for secretary of state. 

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She is now the second woman Trump has nominated to a Cabinet or Cabinet-level job.

Earlier on Wednesday, Trump nominated South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be U.N. Ambassador.

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