The Education Secretary of the US Betsy DeVos is easy to underestimate if you don’t know her. This was evident on how she carried herself after The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump rescinded a federal policy that allowed students who were transgender to use bathrooms that suited their gender identities.
Even though Betsy fought back against the move, she was not able to win, and since she was mature enough not to show any rift regarding the decision from the president in public space, people can mistakenly see her as a pushover because she joined in the announcement of the new policy the second day after the proposal was done.
But people who have watched Betsy over the years have warned people who underestimate not to be fooled by her cool and calm nature. Apart from being the U.S Education Secretary, she has served as a leading advocate of charter schools which she founded, a former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party and a major donor of the GOP.
Most of the people in her home state know her as an intelligent political fighter who has managed to use her family fortune to serve the good and punish her foes. She has also been influential in the legislative process as well as in making lawmakers who opposed her to lose their positions.
Betsy DeVos grew up in Holland, Michigan and worked at her father’s auto-parts company. She had a brother called Erik Prince who was the founder and CEO of Blackwater security company that was a contractor for American personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Betsy has had a tremendous experience in the creation of charter schools by steering away tax dollars from traditional public schools to charter schools. In this program, money from public schools is used to fund private schools that are run by private groups. Betsy also designed the formation of vouchers which allowed students to have paid tuition at private schools.
Even though she had an ambitious plan, opponents said that she was starving schools of their resources, while her supporters stated that she was offering low-income families the opportunity to study in private schools and create competition and pressure to traditional schools for them to upgrade.
Ever since she started her programs, Detroit has become the nations largest center of charter schools, even though most of the public schools are failing. In 2016, a group of Detroit officials backed up legislation that carried a way for charter schools to be created and the failing ones to be closed. When Betsy DeVos heard about this, she fought against the move and won. Betsy supported the shutting down of public schools.
Since Besty is now overseeing the Education Department, she has worked to create good relationships with public schools. Betsy’s approach is for the country to understand what schools expect from themselves. Although Betsy has had a tough time at Washington, she accepts criticism, and she is understanding her way around the political landscape.
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