Betsy DeVos was recently confirmed by the Senate in order to take up her position as the Secretary of Education for the United States of America. Nominated by President Donald Trump as part of his initiative to bring outsiders into Washington D.C., DeVos knows that she will have a ton of pressure on her shoulders in order to live up to the new President’s vision. DeVos comes to D.C. with little in the way of national profile but she DOES have a ton of experience in the pursuit of educational reform, which likely put her on the map for President Trump to begin with. With DeVos taking on such a high profile position, it only makes sense that we take a little bit of time in order to get to know her.
For Betsy DeVos, the pursuit of education reform has been a long time coming. DeVos first got into the school choice movement when she and her husband, Dick, had school-aged children of their own. Betsy and Dick would tour different schools in order to try and see what kind of options were available to them. Eventually, they ended up at the Potter’s House Christian School which showed them an environment of electricity that put a priority on togetherness and learning. Dick and Betsy were instantly enamored by the school and the rest would be history.
Betsy has since become the foremost voice in the fight for school reformation in the United States. DeVos, like many prominent Republican and conservative figures, believes that the government should have limited intervention in the pursuit of education among families. Betsy DeVos took the writings of Milton Friedman to heart and she has since pushed for education to be more in the hands of families and private institutions, thus allowing all parties involved to search for the education that fits them the best. Thirty years ago, school choice wasn’t even on the map of most people. Thanks to Betsy DeVos, and the hard work of her followers, school choice has become almost a mainstream conservative option. Now, DeVos will be using the highest educational post in the country in order to try and spread the word.
You can have all of the best intentions in the world, but the truth is that fighting your way through the government system can be an absolute nightmare for even the most hardened of political employees. As a career outsider, DeVos will have to overcome something akin to culture shock as she goes face to face with members of her own party and those of the Democratic party. Betsy DeVos will have to learn quickly on her feet that she’ll be underestimated and looked down upon until she proves herself. Fortunately, Betsy DeVos has already scored some high marks from former critics and allies alike. DeVos has already been praised by Mike Cox, a former state AG for the Republican party, as well as several leaders of prominent teacher’s unions in the United States.
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