Betsy DeVos Comes To Washington To Change Education Forever

For the past thirty years or so Betsy DeVos has been working harder than anyone to bring reformation and relief to the educational system of the United States of America. Of course, Betsy DeVos has been doing her work as a private citizen without the luxury of the government at her beck and call. Alongside her husband Dick DeVos, Betsy has helped to cultivate a following for the school choice movement that now comprises millions of individuals all around the United States. In 2017, Betsy DeVos was tabbed to become the next Secretary of Education. After a tough Senate hearing in which the partisan divide in American politics was made abundantly clear, Betsy DeVos was confirmed. Now, over one and a half years later, Betsy DeVos is establishing herself as a reformer in the most important field in the country: education.


Growing up in Holland, MI taught Betsy DeVos quite a bit about life and the importance of conservative values. She grew up in a family of reformers who all believed in the power of faith and family. Her brother would go on to establish one of the most famous private security firms in the world and her father would run a successful automobile company. Marrying Dick DeVos would put Betsy DeVos on the national stage as her husband is the heir to the massive Amway fortune. Despite all of the reasons that Betsy DeVos had to take it easy and enjoy her wealth, she has instead spent her entire adult life instead working toward supporting education reform around the country.


When her own children were young, Betsy and Dick went around the state looking for the right educational facilities for their family. They ended up crossing paths with the Potter’s House Christian School, a prominent school choice establishment. Betsy and Dick DeVos took one look inside of a classroom at the building and knew that they had found the education system for them. Betsy DeVos recalls that the children and teachers were absolutely energized by love and admiration for education.


Since falling in love with school choice, DeVos has established several committees and has served on the chair for many more. She’s helped to spread school choice to 17 different states, countless institutions and to more than 250,000 students. As one of the true outsiders on Donald Trump’s Presidential Cabinet, she’ll have the chance to make school choice a success for students all around the country.


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Who Does Betsy DeVos Stand For?

Betsy DeVos in undoubtably one of the most controversial appointees in the Trump administration, which is certainly saying something. Trump is now well known for choosing people to head federal departments who are notably inexperienced, which has brought in extra controversy to an administration that is frequently swirling in it. His appointment of DeVos as the head of the Education Department in Washington raised plenty of eyebrows, given that she has no experience working in public schools, and her children didn’t attend one. Though there was pushback against her appointment, republicans in congress did push her through, by a very narrow margin.


Demure in Public, Fiery in Private


Devos was a Michigan Republican party chairwoman, as well as a major party donor, and though her public demeanor can seem demure, those who knew her in her active political roles in Michigan say that she is anything but. Devos is a billionaire who came from a wealthy family and married into an even wealthier one when she married Dick DeVos.


Betsy DeVos has been known to use her wealth and political influence to sway elections, especially towards voting on issues she feels strongly about. She worked hard to influence voting on charter schools in Michigan, pushing for school vouchers, and working hard to dismantle public schools in Detroit. Right now, the public school system in Detroit is failing, with nothing to take its place. It’s a worrying situation, but Devos seems assured in her notion that charter schools are the answer to every problem facing schools in that troubled area (even with strong evidence to the contrary).


Going Around President Trump With Behind Closed Doors Meetings


Those who knew DeVos in Michigan state that in reality she is a fighter who is not opposed to using very tough tactics against anyone who tries to work against her. Her wealth and influence are a big part of who she is, and she is not shy against using them as weapons against those who hold different views.


One issue that has come up recently is her behind closed doors meeting with a representative for gay and transgender people employed in her department. She apparently met with them to warn that President Trump would soon be rescinding a bill that allowed transgender student to use the bathrooms of their assigned genders. In public, DeVos had supported Trump’s move, but her meeting seemed to defy his order.


Ultimately, the question is, whose side is Betsy DeVos on? Many political workers, and voters, would really like to know.


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