If the name ‘DeVos’ sounds familiar to you, then you are likely from the state of Michigan. Dick and Betsy DeVos have been two of the most prominent conservative supporters in the entire state for the better part of the past thirty years or so. Dick DeVos ran for governor while Betsy DeVos recently was confirmed to her position as the Secretary of Education for the United States of America, serving under President Donald J. Trump. What you know about the DeVos family is probably simple and to the point: they are reformers, they are conservatives and they are ready to change the world.
Betsy DeVos will be coming into Washington D.C. as a political outsider, as someone who has truly existed outside of the strings of puppetry that plague Washington D.C.’s political establishment. This was, of course, a decision made on purpose and it fulfills President Trump’s desire to bring an outsider view to problems that have plagued America for generations. You don’t need to go far to learn that public education is in a troubling spot and that parents are no longer giving their full-throated support of how the system is being run. For that reason, alternative educational systems are being touted and the concept of school choice is gaining steam. Betsy DeVos has been touting education reform in the form of educational choice for over 30 years and now her dream might be coming into its own.
For decades, Betsy DeVos has been working tirelessly in order to bring school choice into the public spotlight. DeVos, a prominent supporter of the GOP, has based her entire career on the idea that education needs to be reworked. With public schools in a failing state, DeVos believes that parents should be supported if they choose to take alternative paths for their children. These parents should not be punished for opting instead to go to a charter school or religious institution. The core of educational choice is about using the government’s public education funding and spreading it into these other educational facilities. If a parent pays taxes and chooses to go to a charter school, they shouldn’t be punished for it.
Mike Cox, a prominent Republican and former state AG, knew Betsy DeVos back when they were both in Michigan. Cox called Betsy DeVos a strong-willed, educated and fierce competitor when it comes to debating and fighting for what she believed was right. With those kinds of characteristics, Betsy DeVos is primed to push back against problematic Washington issues as she pursues education reform.
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