When Betsy DeVos was nominated by President Donald Trump for the role of Secretary of Education, at the head of the Department of Justice, the political world was shocked. They weren’t shocked about Betsy DeVos’s ability. Instead, they were shocked that she, an unknown outsider, was chosen for such a high-profile position. Betsy DeVos is stepping into the office of the most important educational position in the entire United States. While DeVos is no doubt at least a little nervous about the job to come, she has as much history and experience fighting for education reform as anyone in the entire country. Let’s take a closer look at Betsy DeVos and what she has done with her career prior to coming to the great Washington D.C.
If you are from the state of Michigan, the odds are good that you are at least functionally familiar with the ‘DeVos’ family name. Betsy DeVos is married to Dick DeVos and the two have been power-players in Michigan’s political scene for the better part of the past thirty to forty years. Betsy and Dick DeVos are both major Republican donors who have spent their entire private adult life working to progress conservative causes in and around the country. While Betsy DeVos earned her spot as the Secretary of Education, Dick DeVos ran as a Republican governor at one point in time. The two have been huge in their impact on the way educational facilities operate within the state of Michigan and it all centers on the concept of educational choice.
Betsy DeVos hasn’t just dipped her toes into a career of education reform, she has completely immersed herself in it. DeVos is a member of a variety of large local and national boards which include Kids Hope USA, The Foundation For Excellence in Education and the American Federation for Children. DeVos has worked tirelessly in order to prop up the concept of education reform and her work as a private citizen has been astoundingly effective. Through DeVos’s efforts, almost entirely of her own accord, school choice has evolved into a national stance for conservatives to rally around. In fact, more than a quarter of a million students are now enrolled in private facilities that engage with school choice principles.
If you’ve been paying attention to DeVos’s work in D.C., you’ll no doubt notice that the new Secretary of Education has been spending extensive time in Florida. The reason? Florida has turned into a haven for educational choice thanks to their successful tax-credit program for scholarships. There are more than 50,000 students in Florida alone who are benefitting from educational choice. Betsy DeVos is going to try and take that momentum in Florida in order to push it around the rest of the country as she seeks to make school choice a reality. No matter what side of the aisle you are on, the reality of educational struggles in America is one that we all have to face together and this might be the solution.
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