Betsy DeVos is the secretary of education for the United States, and she recently joined President Trump when he made an announcement that he had overturned a federal policy that allowed transgender students to use the school bathroom of their choice. While there were indications that she may not have agreed with Trump, she expressed that she felt the Obama administration had overreached its authority with the law. This move made some question DeVos’s strength, but those who know her well, including the people of Michigan, have stated, clearly, that DeVos is not someone who lacks a political spine. While Betsy DeVos doesn’t have much experience with Washington politics, or a history with President Trump, people that know her expect her to learn quickly. People who have underestimated her in the past have found out that she is not one to disregard.
Betsy DeVos was raised in Holland, Michigan and worked with her dad at his auto parts company, and while her critics have been quick to point out her absence of being connected to public colleges or public schools, people who know her are certain that she cares about anyone who is seeking an education. She definitely cares about giving poor families a choice as to which school they want their kid to go to and believes that charter schools force public schools to better themselves. It has been her work that has led to Detroit leading the nation in the amount of charter schools it has, and she, firmly, believes that the city’s failing public schools should be shut down in favor of charter schools. While this is true, she commented during her confirmation hearings that most Americans will continue to go to public schools; even though she did make some people nervous when she spoke at a Washington public school about the way the teachers were waiting for guidance rather than taking initiative.
Betsy DeVos had a rough entrance into Washington, and this was evident by the fact that she was confirmed by the Senate with a 51-50 vote; with the tie breaking vote being cast by Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States. While friends commented that she was irritated at the fact that she was made out to look ignorant, they also said that it didn’t bother her that much. She also made some jokes at her own expense during a media session shortly after her confirmation and has, since, moved on to work on her job as secretary of education.
While Betsy Devos has donated plenty of money to Republican causes, which she is completely open about, she has also donated large sums of money to charitable organizations and other causes she believes in. A lot of her giving has been focused on the educational system where she feels plenty of changes need to be made. She has commented that she feels the educational system is not serving every American as best as it could and that she wants to be a part of reforming it for the better. She has been described by the people of Grand Rapids, where she calls home, as a down to earth, genuine, caring person who really wants to make the world a better place for everyone. Learn more: http://www.chronicle.com/article/DeVos-Moves-From-Wealthy/238838