Early in the Trump Administration, a federal policy was rescinded. The policy was allowed transgender students use the school bathroom that matched their current gender, not gender at birth. The Education Secretary Betsy DeVos didn’t agree. She fought the decision to revoke the federal policy even though she was in the minority in the Trump Administration. She was outnumbered.
DeVos did the next best thing fighter would do, she met with a representative of gay and transgender employees at the Education Department. It was prior to the announcement. She warned them of what was coming.
DeVos is a Political Fighter When it Counts
DeVos never publicly challenged the Trump Administration about the decision. That is not how she is. As a political fighter, the education secretary has learned siding with anyone in public is not the way to win battles.
She is used to fighting political battles. For more than three decades she has fought for her political causes that were never and dear to her heart. One of the most personal causes for her are school vouchers and charter schools. She became a political fighter in education when her children were in primary school. She and her husband, Dick, would volunteer with low-income children. The more she would talk with parents of low-income students, she realized the problem. The education system was letting low-income parent down.
From that moment, she has used her family’s vast fortune and her own political power to improve the education system. She assisted her husband in creating a charter school in Michigan. She created her own scholarship to send low-income students to better performing schools.
However, she knew she had to do more.
People Have Chosen to Ignore DeVos’ Hard Work
Many people, including late-night comics, have chosen to ridicule or make fun of DeVos instead of taking her seriously. However, many people who know and have watched DeVos through the years warn people to take her serious. In fact, they warn the education secretary is not a meek team player. She may be publicly gracious, especially in the face of setbacks. However, she is a political fighter.
DeVos has earned a reputation of being an effective, relentless political fighter. She has worked to unseat lawmakers who opposed providing better education to low-income students. She has used money and power behind the political scenes to pass legislation in favor of charter schools and school vouchers.
Never Underestimate DeVos when She is Fighting for Other People
Jokes by the media have irked DeVos, but she will never let anyone know. It is all about providing students with a better education. As the education secretary, she is committed to improving the current education system for everyone.
People who know DeVos warn not to underestimate her. People have a real tendency to underestimate her. She is personable, plain-spoken and very committed to getting things done. She has been working for decades to improve education for students and she doesn’t care who doesn’t like her for it.
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