July 26, 2017
Shayna Cook was quoted in EdScoop about Trump's recent salary donation to the Department of Education.
The $100,000 donation is "a drop in the bucket, given the [administration’s] significant proposed cuts to education in general,” said Shayna Cook, a policy analyst for New America’s education program. “It’s really just an empty gesture.”
Devos has shown an interest in STEM education since beginning her tenure as secretary, Cook said, but that didn't seem to affect the fate of STEM-related programs in Trump's budget proposal. Devos praised the president's “generous gift,” adding that “the President has truly shown his commitment to our nation’s students and to reforming education in America so that every child, no matter their ZIP code, has access to a high-quality education.”