She has been a proponent of taxpayer-supported vouchers and other ways to underwrite tuition for private schools.
Betsy DeVos also wants to end what she calls "the federalized Common Core."
California has a history of opposition to vouchers that can be used for private school tuition.
High-income families are likely to benefit the most through tax deductions.
School officials, especially in California, are placing increased emphasis on respect for all students and civil discourse.
Trump's nominee is a prominent supporter of school choice programs, including taxpayer-funded vouchers for private school tuition.
What is unknown is whether Trump will make opposition to the Common Core a litmus test for his secretary of education.
The vouchers could be used for a wide variety of schools, including private schools.
Forecasters have little to go on since education wasn't a major theme in the presidential campaign.
GOP emphasis on giving more power to states consistent with California's reforms stressing local control.