In the world of politics, one of the highest considerations on that list is education. Education is important, and sometimes it can be taken for granted. People struggle to make decisions in the sector all the time, and they need someone who has proven themselves to be a valuable leader. With the election of Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos people were not entirely sure if she was the leader that they needed. They knew that she had some sort of background in the education industry, but they were not entirely sure if it was as extensive as they needed to be. She also voiced an outstanding commitment to the concept of school choice and that scared many parents because they thought that would result in the death of the public-school system. Betsy DeVos is working to change their minds about her and solidify her commitment, finally, to her students.
One of the biggest fears that voters felt when Betsy DeVos took office was that she would become a puppet to a stronger administration. On one of her first major issues, she proved that she was more than a figurehead for her department. A recent article published in the New York Times’ website discusses how the impassioned leader pushed against the very administration that gave her the position she now occupies. The issue that she pushed back on was the rights of transgender students. Those students had always voiced the desire to use the restrooms that they felt they identified with the most, and Betsy DeVos was an outspoken supporter of the students. She felt as though repealing this mandate would harm them and she fought against it, hard. To this day it is still something that she feels very strongly about and advocates for.
While Betsy DeVos has earned much of her reputation for her work in the field of school choice, she has a foundational interest in the overall well-being of the students under her care. She wants them to have access to the best and she believes that that can be achieved through implementation of school choice programs. While many fear the change in funding from a public school based system to a private school based system, Betsy DeVos believes that this is going to be the change that is necessary to fix the system. The public-school system remains unchallenged and students are filtered into it at an alarming rate. She thinks that moving them into private programs will be the catalyst that the public-school system needs in order to change their practices.
Betsy DeVos may have detractors, but those detractors are unfamiliar with the work that she has done already in the educational field. She will continue to serve her students, as those remain her number one priority throughout much of her work. Her hope is to collaborate with policymakers on a meaningful level and enact a real standard of change. Those that may be interested in some of her policies will find much of her information available in a recent interview with Philanthropy Roundtable.
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