Betsy Devos – on topic article

Early in the Trump Administration, a federal policy was rescinded.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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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Is On A Massive Charter School Mission

Being a billionaire, philanthropist, and the Secretary of Education may sound like the ingredients for getting things done in Washington. But Betsy DeVos knows that’s not the case. Being in the Trump administration can feel like you are on a political island, and no one else is on the same island. Betsy DeVos mission is to make the charter school system the best education system in the world. But her opponents say she is trying to turn the school system into a capitalistic endeavor where investors reap the rewards, and the students act like lab mice. The people in Michigan know what Betsy is capable of doing. She’s a fighter that doesn’t back down. Even when the tide of public opinion is making it hard for her to do her job, she doesn’t give up and Trump, in his own curious way, is standing behind her.

 

 

There’s little doubt. The public school system needs an injection of innovation and creativity in order to produce capable minds that will be able to keep America on top of STEM initiatives that countries around the world are building their future hopes on. Betsy believes her push to make charter and private schools available to all students regardless of social status will produce the results the country needs. But not everyone thinks she knows what she’s doing. A recent 60 Minutes interview didn’t go well for DeVos. When Lesley Stahl asked her about the public schools’ performance in Michigan after her charter school program was up and running there, she couldn’t or wouldn’t answer the question. Stahl knew the public school scores were still nothing to cheer about even though DeVos claims charter schools help private schools do better in reading and math as well as other subjects.

 

 

DeVos came out fighting the day after the 60 Minutes interview. Betsy said the program’s editing didn’t do her mission justice. The court of public opinion believes DeVos doesn’t have the background or the knowledge to be an effective Education Secretary. But Betsy still has thousands of supporters who think like she does. Her supporters know DeVos is a fighter who won’t back down just because the 60 Minutes Interview was a train wreck. Her fans know she will continue to travel around the country visiting schools and giving speeches. Those visits and speeches give people hope, and they allow people to see DeVos as more than a billionaire Republican donor who, as some detractors say, bought her way into the current administration.

 

 

Her first year in office was not what DeVos thought it would be, but she believes she is making progress. And the people who work with her say the same thing. Betsy may have an image problem now, but according to a New York Times article Betsy knows how to play politics and she is good at it. She is a serious threat to the public school status quo. The media likes to make fun of Betsy. DeVos thinks that’s okay because what she is doing is bigger than one interview. But she does admit that interview did make her look unprepared to answer questions and unprepared to do her job.

 

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