The billionaire philanthropist chosen by President-elect Donald Trump to be his education secretary, Betsy DeVos, has expressed her preference in the past to give Christianity a bigger part in schooling in the United States. Politico was able to obtain a copy of a recording where Devos and her husband spoke about Christian values and American education during a meeting in 2001 called “The Gathering,” an annual conference of some of the country’s wealthiest Christians.

In the recording, the Devos couple reportedly discussed how they are motivated by the Christian faith in pushing for reforms in how the youth are educated in the U.S. The incoming education secretary, in particular, even used a term from the Holy Bible to describe her efforts for reforms: “Shephelah,” which is a place where battles were fought in the Old Testament, including the one between David and Goliath. READ MORE