An examination of the current political climate requires a close look at the appointments of new President, Donald Trump. President Trump rode a wave of nationalism into the White House and he also made ‘outsider perspective’ a key aspect of his campaign. In order to fulfill his promises to bring a fresh perspective to D.C., President Trump has been appointing political novices to integral positions at the highest levels of the United States government. One of those positions was the Secretary of Education, the highest post in the land for government involvement in education. That spot was filled by Michigan Republican Chairwoman Betsy DeVos. When DeVos took the position and was summarily confirmed, she did so knowing that the path ahead of her would be rocky and tough to battle through. Let’s look at what DeVos has done so far in her work and what she is aiming to do before it is all said and done.
When rising up the political ranks, people typically accrue a reputation along the way. Betsy DeVos is no different from the rest of the pack in this regard. Betsy DeVos has been a stout Republican in the state of Michigan for her entire political career, even if she has never held an official office. Instead, DeVos has gamely worked toward becoming a name in the reformation of the education system. DeVos is probably most well known for her relationship with the school choice movement. School choice is a concept built on the works of Milton Friedman’s writings from nearly fifty years ago. School choice argues for more parental control of educational choices and less involvement by way of the government.
As a devout reformer, Betsy DeVos has never shied away from taking on a position that may be unpopular with her peers. DeVos is a Republican through-and-through but she does not let that prevent her from acting according to her gut, her morals, and her faith. That is why DeVos won brownie points early on in her job as Secretary of Education when she got ahead of President Trump’s decision to rescind protections for transgender students in school. DeVos privately fought President Trump on the decision and she even went out of her way to warn LGBT representatives before the announcement was officially made. This shows both the power and the confidence of Betsy DeVos, even though she is a newcomer to Washington D.C. she is still willing to go toe to toe with the biggest and heaviest hitters in the room.
As the Secretary of Education, you can rest assured that DeVos will continue to work toward reforming the government’s role in education. As a private citizen, DeVos worked tirelessly to bring school choice to the masses. Through her hard work, she helped to spread school choice to more than 17 states, 33 institutions, and 250,000 students. With a federal reach, we can only assume that Betsy DeVos will have even more of an impact in her efforts regarding the fascinating subject. Learn more: https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/03/a-tale-of-two-betsy-devoses/518952/