Education Secretary for the Trump Administration Betsy DeVos is settling into her job. It hasn’t been easy, and quite frankly, she admits she still has a lot to learn.
The former Michigan State Republican Party chair made it in by a razor thin 51-50 vote. Her confirmation hearing was no cake walk. While DeVos was a bit put off by the press coverage, her supporters insists she will be fine.
The individuals who have known Mrs. Betsy DeVos for years say she is fierce, focused, and ready for battle. She did it for years while in Michigan.
DeVos and her husband, Amway Corporation heir, Dick DeVos are staunch supporters of school choice. They have supported charter schools and voucher programs for many years.
Mrs. DeVos comes from a very wealthy family. Her husband’s family is even wealthier. They have used their enormous wealth to do great things in the state. Their philanthropic efforts have helped many people.
When Trump announced his decision to overturn Obama’s law on transgender bathrooms, DeVos quietly went along although she disapproved the decision.
Supporters say she shouldn’t be judged by her decision not to go publicly challenge Trump. Mrs. DeVos knows how to pick her battles.
Critics of Mrs. DeVos note her lack of connection with the everyday working person. Mrs. DeVos never had to rely on financial aid, nor has she experienced any of the hardships facing the average parent or student.
For many years, DeVos steered tax dollars away from Michigan public schools to put into the coffer of private schools.
American Federation of Teachers President says Mrs. DeVos is dangerous, and her only goal is to destroy public schools. This is an accusation denied by DeVos.
Additionally, Detroit has the highest concentration of public schools in the nation. The schools are also the low-performing in the nation. Derided and chaotic is how some of the charter school critics describe them. The public schools, lost in the shuffle, continue to go downhill.
The schools are run by for for-profit organizations with no oversight, which even Mrs. DeVos’s supporters admit is part of the problem.
Mrs. DeVos says she prefers to concentrate on her job, rather deal with rumor and innuendo. She continues to travel the country with teachers in tow to help spread the word about providing a better education.
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