Betsy Devos is the 11th US Secretary of Education. She has a number of critics on the left, mainly because of her views on for-profit education and educational choice. There has never been a more polarizing figure in education politics, but for the most part, Devos has done a lot to give power back to the states for education.
Devos started down this road in the 1970s when she was involved in politics at Calvin College, where she earned her degree. Since then, she has gone on to be a successful businesswoman, helping her husband through his gubernatorial run and also championing education reform in Michigan.
Since taking office in 2016, Betsy Devos has accomplished a lot. She has been working with states to provide more options to students, especially those who are affected by failing school zones. Educational choice promises to give power back to students and parents, allowing them to choose where they can go to school. They can now choose to go to magnet programs, charter schools, private schools, virtual schools, and homeschooling programs.
Devos has been at the forefront of education reform for many years. She has been working in Michigan since the 1990s along with her husband Dick Devos. Together, they brought legislation like “Kids First! Coalition.” Dick Devos also ran for governor in 2006. However, now is the first time where Betsy has actually been able to achieve widespread change, and she has been conducting numerous interviews in the process.
In a recent interview with Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes,” she discussed the progress and success of her education choice campaign. She believes that Florida has had the most success as it has the most educational choice options, including a tuition-based scholarship program that students can get if they apply and get accepted to the school of their choice.
In addition to her educational choice fight at the state-level, she has been appointed to help with wide sweeping changes to school safety. Amidst gun violence, President Trump appointed Betsy Devos to reform school safety ahead of the 2018-2019 school year. Over the summer, many schools were updated for new security measures and began preparations to add metal detectors as well as evacuation routes.
It has been a long road for Betsy Devos but she continues to answer hard-hitting questions with great answers. She believes that educational choice is the way that students can get a better education despite standardized tests and common core math problems. She also believes that she will be able to bring more states on board by the end of her term in 2020.
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Rainbow34 October 30, 2018
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