President-elect Trump offered few specifics about his education policy during the campaign other than promising $20 billion in federal money for school choice initiatives in response to our “failing government schools.” Where this money is to come from is unclear, but the sum represents more than a quarter of the total budget of the department of education. Educational advocates are fearful that the funds will be cannibalized from the $15 billion earmarked for low income schools through Title I funding in the form of school vouchers. The use of the Title I funds for vouchers that follow students to expensive private and religious schools as well as charter schools will further deplete the scant resources currently allocated to poorly performing schools. This nebulous education policy will be overseen by President-elect Trump’s selection of Betsy DeVos as education secretary, which is sending more than shudders through the education community. Educational historian Diane Ravitch said of Ms. DeVos, “Never has anyone been appointed to lead [the Office of Education] in the past 150 years who was hostile to public education.” Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, has decried Ms. DeVos as “the most ideological, anti-public education nominee” in the past 40 years. Ms. DeVos, a billionaire conservative educational activist who has never sent her own children to public schools, has laudably argued that a child’s zip code should not confine him to failing schools. But her solution, unfortunately, is to embrace adoption of school vouchers, as well as the expansion of privately-operated charter schools, leaving critics fearful that our new education secretary will “gut” our public schools. This appointment may be one of the rare time where many parents of students with all abilities and unions and schools are all united.