Betsy DeVos: the new US Secretary of Education
Most people don’t realize this but Betsy DeVos has been gaining some ground in America’s fight for education choice reform and school safety. DeVos was appointed to the 11th US Secretary of Education office in 2016, and she has been working with school officials ever since to come up with good solutions to some of the main problems. However, one thing that she believes in has been stirring the pot since before she was appointed to the office.
While many in education opposed Betsy DeVos’ appointment simply due to lack of experience, she is clearly experienced in business and has maintained a low profile, despite the multitude of criticism that has sprung up for her cause. It’s so much that DeVos says she doesn’t pay attention to it. In her interview with Lesley Stahl, she even said that her critics didn’t understand what she was trying to create nor the philanthropy that was helping her do that.
DeVos runs her own foundation that has donated over $139 million, but Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Sam Walton are a few of the people who have donated to the educational choice cause. While many see educational choice as a problem due to funding, DeVos says that people just don’t understand how it works. It’s all about the kids, according to DeVos. She wants every child in America to have access to great schools, no matter where they live.
In addition to educational reform, DeVos has had to deal with a lot of criticism over her response to school shootings, guns on campus, and school safety. DeVos made sweeping changes to security and school safety in summer 2018 in preparation for the new school season. So far, there hasn’t been any activity, and DeVos is relieved. She has been working with legislators for months on a good security proposal that would allow students to remain safe while on public campuses.
As DeVosd continues to be in the spotlight, she has cited that not all reform programs are lost. For instance, Florida’s program has the best for student aid and allows students to pick the most educational choice options. This includes magnet programs, virtual schools, homeschooling, charter schools, and private schools. Florida is also the only state with a tuition-based scholarship program that students must apply for to receive. However, it’s a step in the right direction to help students achieve their dreams.
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