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Betsy DeVos: Far from Silent March 23, 2018

Betsy DeVos has been a polarizing figure in national politics. The recent article posted on, “Betsy DeVos is Publicly Polite, but a Political Fighter” talks about the impression many have of the new Secretary of Education and her previous political reputation. Even though she seems gracious in the face of loss in a recent political fight towards transgender students’ usage of school bathroom facilities, she is not down for the count on all fronts. In fact, her ability to adapt and switch gears makes her a better candidate for this role than many considered her to be at the onset of her tenure.


Before being appointed as the 11th Secretary of Education, DeVos worked a very successful career as a businesswoman and a Republican National Committeewoman for the state of Michigan. She also served as a chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party. She is not a novice to the world of politics. Her list of accomplishments also includes a membership on several boards such as the Foundation for Excellence in Education, the Alliance for School Choice, the All Children Matter PAC, and the Acton Institute.


One of the major issues that DeVos has stood up for is the use of charter schools. Recently the Washington Post detailed her visits to several charter schools throughout the United States, particularly in Florida. While some charter schools may still be in development, DeVos believes that they will have a bigger role in the future. With the introduction of different school types and even online educational systems, the world of learning is changing. According to DeVos a greater amount of resources being funneled into charter schools will not only help increase education standards, but it will encourage public schools to work harder on their curriculum in order to compete. She has seen a lot of teachers approaching their jobs with lackluster enthusiasm and the children are the ones that suffer because of it.


For DeVos, charter schools are the way to go. There is a lot of overhauling that needs to be done, but she is a strong advocate for school choice. Parents should have a bigger role in their children’s education and should not be forced to have their children attend school in a district that continually underscores. So, while she might seem like she is standing on the sidelines, DeVos is doing anything but that. She has strong ideas that she will passionately pursue as she continues to fill this position.


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