Most commentators say she is not expected to apply hardline religious beliefs to the curriculum, according to Washington Post.
“It would be a mistake to put her in the Religious Right camp. That’s not who she is,” Doug Koopman, a political scientist at Calvin College, told Washington Post.
Nevertheless, she is well known for her philanthropic efforts in Christian causes. Along with her hardened belief in the free-market, this has led people to believe she will favor privately owned and religious schools over public schools.
The US National Education Association released a statement in response to the appointment, saying:
“Her efforts over the years have done more to undermine public education than support students. She has lobbied for failed schemes, like vouchers — which take away funding and local control from our public schools — to fund private schools at taxpayers’ expense. These schemes do nothing to help our most vulnerable students while they ignore or exacerbate glaring opportunity gaps. She has consistently pushed a corporate agenda to privatize, de-professionalize and impose cookie-cutter solutions to public education."
Much of Trumps’ stance on education during his campaign was rallying to abolish the Common Core, the educational guidelines of mathematics and reading adopted by most states. DeVos previously riled conservatives because of her ties to groups that supported these guidelines, although she has since claimed she is not a supporter of Common Core.