FILE - In this May 31, 2018, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a visit of the Federal School Safety Commission at Hebron Harman Elementary School in Hanover, Md. Education, it’s safe to say, is not President Donald Trump’s top priority. Instead, he entrusts that realm to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who after two years has emerged as one of the most polarizing figures in the Cabinet but also one of its most enduring members. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Education head DeVos: Polarizing but enduring Cabinet member

May 05, 2019 - 8:13 am

Education, it's safe to say, is not President Donald Trump's top priority.

Instead, he entrusts that realm to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (dih-VAHS'). She's emerged as one of the most polarizing figures in the Cabinet, yet also is one of its most enduring members. While chiefs of a dozen other agencies have quit or been fired, DeVos has survived and shows no intention of leaving.

Among her supporters, there's a belief that Trump's distance from education is a blessing. While Trump focuses on immigration and the economy, DeVos has been pursuing school choice, the topic that drew her into education and fueled her advocacy.

But detractors portray her as an aloof billionaire with a poor grasp of education policy, an image that hasn't been helped by occasional public gaffes.