While Betsy DeVos reportedly did not back President Trump’s move to rescind a federal policy that allowed transgender students to use the school bathroom of their choice, she did not show any signs in public of the fact. People that know DeVos understand that while she may be accommodating in the public eye, she is a fighter behind the scenes. She is known in her home state of Michigan as a steely figure who is focused on getting the job done that is set before her. She came to Washington without a lot of governmental experience, and she really was not that acquainted with Donald Trump, but most people figure she will learn quickly.
Betsy DeVos was raised in Holland, Michigan and worked with her father in his auto parts company before attending Calvin College where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in business economics. Many of her critics have been quick to point out that she has a lack of connection with public schools due to the fact that she and her husband went to private schools. The reason for this is because she believes that families should have a choice as to what school they want their children to go to, and it is charter schools that offer the best possibilities for education in her opinion. It has been her mission for more than 30 years to get tax dollars to pay for charter school fees and for vouchers that cover the cost of private schools.
It is Betsy DeVos who worked to get a spread of charter schools in Detroit, which now has the largest density of these schools in the United States. As an advocate of charter schools, she has supported parents in sending their kids to whatever charter school they want. While the charter schools in Detroit haven’t always been up-to-par, the public schools in the city are horrendous and continue to get worse. DeVos has publicly stated that she believes the public school system in Detroit should be closed down and opposed a move to close down charter schools that weren’t performing as well as they should be. On the other hand, she has acknowledged that public schools will continue to be where most children go for their educational needs. Some political figures have noted that the best public schools in the United States still are not performing as well as public schools in developed countries. Some have confirmed that they believe that DeVos would like to talk more about what is expected from schools.
While Betsy DeVos had a rough start in Washington during her Senate confirmation hearings, she was confirmed, 51-50. Those close to her said that she was a bit irritated about being made to look ignorant, but for the most part, she ignored it and took it lightly. Soon after her confirmation, she connected with the two largest teachers’ unions and talked about visiting schools in a combined effort. This was the first of many savvy moves political opponents and allies, alike, expect her to be making.
Visit www.betsydevos.com to learn more.