Nothing quite compares to the drive and determination that Betsy DeVos brings to her work every single day. In fact, recent events might show that Betsy DeVos is as dedicated as ever to the field of education. When she was elected to her post, there are many people that believe she would be nothing more than a figurehead for a failing department. She instantly set out to prove them wrong about her and saw that opportunity when her own personal values were confronted with a recent rescindence order for students who identified as transgender. This order would bar those students from the utilization of bathroom facilities that closely match their own gender qualifiers, Betsy DeVos was not a supporter of this movement. In fact, she even went as far as to warn administrators and students that would be affected by the order before it went into effect. She has always put her students before even her own colleagues because she knows what matters.
Anyone interested in this event or any of the other good work that Betsy DeVos is doing should locate the article entitled “Betsy DeVos Is Publicly Polite, but a Political Fighter” published by The New York Times on their website. Her career is speckled with controversy, but it is also the earmark of a fantastic leader. She is never been one to take the word “no” for an answer. In the mind of Betsy DeVos, there is always a way to help someone and get the outcome that is needed. When she took office, one of the first things that Betsy DeVos promised was some type of change in the system. She has told multiple media outlets that she is interested in the expansion of school choice programming and the complete overhaul of the public-school education system. This continues to be a top priority, as Betsy DeVos tours the country visiting charter and private schools that provide examples of the advantages of this type of education.
Even when she resided in Michigan, Betsy DeVos spent much of her time campaigning for schools. She was a member of various boards of education and organizations centered around school choice. It seems only natural that she would eventually attain the highest status anyone in this field would be capable of, Secretary of Education. There seems to be a disconnect between what people know about Betsy DeVos and what people are willing to believe about her, this thing is that all the information one would need to determine her motives is already apparent in the Michigan education system. Michigan continues to flourish under expanded charter schools and public school systems. She also helps to implement scholarship programs for students that are not able to afford these types of school systems. She’s interested in overhauling the system, but not at the expense of the students. She believes that all students should be able to have access to this type of education. Like many, we will be interested to see where her next steps will take her on the road to better education for America.
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