Finding success in the White House is certainly a difficult task. This task is made even more difficult when you include how divisive the political environment has become since the 2016 Presidential Election. When Donald Trump won the election, he hand-picked his cabinet members by focusing on outsiders who he believed could fight back against insider political corruption. One of his choices for Secretary of Education was Betsy DeVos, a prominent GOP supporter from the state of Michigan. DeVos was ultimately confirmed by the Senate and has since been leading the Department of Education. Now, DeVos is looking to continue growing her rapidly improving reputation as a political powerhouse and prominent reformer.
It was early 2017 when President Trump set his sights on removing federal protections for transgendered students while at school. The move was widely lauded in conservative circles but it was still seen as ultimately divisive by much of the country. For Betsy DeVos, who worked directly with schools and the students inside of them, the move was one that she could not get on board with. Publicly, Betsy Devos called the elimination of protections an important step forward but privately she had her own misgivings. In fact, Betsy DeVos spoke directly with President Trump in order to try and dissuade him. Ultimately, President Trump would do what he chose but not before coming to the realization that Betsy DeVos was no mere pushover newcomer in politics.
Betsy DeVos came into Washington D.C. with a notable lack of political experience on her resume. For the past thirty years, Betsy DeVos and Dick DeVos had been campaigning for education reform as private citizens. While Betsy DeVos has long been a substantial donor to Michigan’s Republican Party and the GOP on a national level, she has always lived by her own set of values. What does this mean? It means that Betsy DeVos came into Washington D.C. with a conservative pedigree and an open mind, the exact kind of formation that makes any politician tough to handle.
Betsy DeVos is fully on board with advocating for education reform that conservatives can believe in. Touting the voucher system and school choice, Betsy DeVos has been seeking to change the way that the United States government allocates funds to public schools. Betsy DeVos believes that the government should not discern between publicly funded schools and religious or privately owned institutions. DeVos believes that students learn best in environments that are tailored to them and that they should not be punished for being put in different institutions. This will likely be the defining campaign that Betsy Devos takes on during her time as the Secretary of Education for the United States of America. Can she succeed? Only time will tell.
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