When Betsy DeVos was nominated to become the Secretary of Education for President Donald Trump, the collective world seemed to shrug its shoulders. Betsy DeVos wasn’t a household name when she was nominated and she certainly didn’t come with a track record or political history to her name. In fact, Betsy DeVos is probably more of a political outside than President Trump himself. With that being said, Betsy DeVos has been hard at work over the past two years in order to establish herself as a political fighter and someone who is willing to fight for what she believes in.
As the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos is going to be tasked with taking care of one of the biggest problems plaguing the United States of America: middling results from expensive public education. Public education has always been under fire and for good reason. Despite all of the money being poured into the system, the United States of America continues to rank toward the middle or back of the pack in global ranking. Betsy DeVos knows that there is a ton of work to be done and she is approaching it like the reformer that she was raised to become.
Betsy DeVos spent over 30 years while living in Michigan in order to develop her reputation as an advocate for conservative education reform. She has chaired multiple foundations while working directly with the GOP as a prominent donor in order to get work done. Through her efforts, Betsy DeVos has given conservatives everywhere something to rally around in the form of education reform. Education reform, or school choice, was brought to the table initially by Milton Friedman. Friedman argued, in essence, for the right of parent’s to have more control of their child’s education in lieu of government intervention. While his arguments didn’t catch on immediately, Betsy DeVos has given them new energy and has fueled education reform on a national level.
Betsy DeVos is as close to directly responsible as you are going to get for the rise of school choice. She points out happily that more than a quarter of a million students are enrolled in publicly funded school choice programs in 17 states throughout the USA. Betsy DeVos points out that growth nationally has been consistent over the past several years and that it should continue in the future as well. Now, as the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos can have even more control over the growth that is coming. Still, that doesn’t mean that the work is going to be easy. DeVos has to work with a partisan political world in order to make it happen and she’ll have to continue being strong in the political arena in order to have success.
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