Agudath Israel of America warmly welcomes today’s announcement that President-elect Trump has nominated Betsy DeVos for the position of US Secretary of Education.

Agudath Israel has worked closely with Mrs. DeVos for many years, together with other organizations and legislators from both sides of the aisle, to give parents educational options for their children. Thanks to that effort, hundreds of thousands of children across the United States are receiving a quality education they couldn’t otherwise afford, including many students who choose to attend Jewish day schools.

Shlomo Werdiger, chairman of Agudath Israel’s board of trustees, expressed his enthusiastic support for Mrs. DeVos’s nomination. “I have had some excellent discussions with Betsy DeVos,” Mr. Werdiger said. “She is intelligent, compassionate and effective. President-elect Trump has chosen wisely.”

“I have witnessed, firsthand, Betsy DeVos’s passionate support for school choice,” said Agudath Israel of America’s national director of state relations, Rabbi A. D. Motzen, “and I am confident that a Department of Education under her leadership will correctly focus on students.”

Agudath Israel of America advocates on behalf of more than 250,000 students in Jewish day schools and post-secondary institutions, and looks forward to continue working with Mrs. DeVos as she leads the effort to implement President-elect Trump’s education platform.

Agudath Israel’s national director of state relations, Rabbi A. D. Motzen was interviewed by Hamodia on his personal thoughts about Mrs. DeVos. To read the interview click here