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The Complexity of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

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Being an education secretary is a position that handles and manages the school systems in the United States. The position was recently placed into the hands of Betsy DeVos. Her placement into the position was viewed by some as a peculiar and unfathomable. She has never held a position within the education department and her entire family attended private Christian schools, so she doesn’t have a real in-depth knowledge of the public school system. Many of the people who opposed her as the pick for education secretary believed her to be too ignorant after comments she made during her Senate confirmation hearings about grizzly bears being a reason schools should keep guns on the premises. She has since stated that the comment was a bit of a lighthearted comment during an otherwise very serious discussion about guns on school grounds.

 

The US Senate still confirmed Betsy DeVos despite some apprehension at her appointment. Some members of the Senate pointed to the philanthropy of DeVos as a reason for her appointment. DeVos has worked hard to push for charter schools in Michigan and in Florida to be funded by vouchers. She has been involved with the concept of school choice for a number of years of her life. She has also donated extensively to Potter’s House school, which is a school for children who lack opportunity. There are numerous schools across Grand Rapids that she has donated school furnishings, books, and equipment to. DeVos and her husband Dick have created several different scholarship programs as well to help students who have the academic ability, but lack the financial means to go to the schools that would be more suited to their personal needs.

 

Despite the complexity behind the choice of Betsy DeVos as an education secretary, she has so far done what she could to reach out to a variety of different schools, to keep conversations open with schools and the education department, to improve student performance, and to push for school districts to have more control over their decisions on rules. After her appointment as Education secretary of the United States was to speak to other members of the education department. During those discussions, she immediately set up appointments to begin having meetings with various schools in the Washington area and elsewhere. She has continued to meet with public, private, and charter schools to see how the schools can be improved. DeVos has noted that students in the United States are scoring well below in academic performance in comparison to other developed countries. She has been pushing for ways to change that. DeVos has also pushed for school districts to be able to vote on rules for their individual districts. She pointed out how the transgender bathroom rules and the decision regarding whether or not school staff should have guns on hand in case of an active shooter are both cases that should be decided upon by school districts. She believes that Congress should have an open debate on how to keep schools safe from gun violence though.

 

While DeVos is a bit of a complex figure to have been chosen as an education secretary, she has taken her position very seriously. She wants to continue on in her work as a changemaker for communities just as she has had a positive influence on communities in her home state with her philanthropy work in the school systems. Perhaps the most complex thing about her will be that she will cause change to happen in the education department that will truly fix the problems within it.

 

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All about the Philanthropic Dick DeVos Family

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Dick DeVos’ wife, Betsy has been at the forefront of fighting for positive change. At her time in College, she got heavily involved in campus politics. She has continued to remain active in politics since then. For over 30 years, she has been in various campaigns, PACs, and party organizations. She even served as the chair of the Michigan Republican Party for Six years.

The reformist spirit runs deep in her family. Dick DeVos was the Republican nominee for Governor of Michigan in 2006. In business and politics, Betsy wants to find innovative solutions to problems. Mrs. DeVos has continued to push for reform through various nonprofits. She serves on the boards of various national and local nonprofits, all of which work to bring about social change.

In a recent interview, Betsy gave her view on education reform in the US. Betsy said that she was proud of the progress that had been made thus far. She said that in the US today, there were over 250 thousand students in publicly funded pro-choice programs in 17 states and D.C. She said that the movement was growing.

She said the major reason was that the public had become aware that public schools were no longer effective in some areas. In fact, she was adamant that some were failing miserably in some areas.

When asked what drew her to the education reform movement, she said it was not a single event but many gradual events. She said that while their kids were still in school, she had an opportunity to meet the kids of low-income families who were doing their best to give the kids a great start in life. She saw the struggle they were facing, and she was inspired to help more parents like them get good opportunities to quality education.

When asked about her biggest success in fighting for education reform, Mrs. DeVos said that it was Florida. She said it was the best case study of how the pro-choice movement can succeed in the US.

 

About Dick DeVos

 

Dick DeVos is an entrepreneur and businessperson from Michigan. He is the son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos. He served as the company’s CEO from 1993 to 2002. In 2006, the Republican Party nominated him for the governor of Michigan.

He is ranked as the 67th richest person in the US with a net worth of about $5.1 billion. He is the husband of Betsy DeVos, who is the current Education Secretary of the US. Besides business, he has been a huge proponent of choice in the education sector. He comes from a family that has been involved in Republican Party politics for many years now. He and his wife have four children and five grandkids.

 

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