Betsy DeVos has been in Washington since 2017. While she has many supporters in the Republican Party, she is viewed as a polarizing figure for a number of reasons. For one, her views on educational choice have disrupted the public school community, but she says that it hasn’t been for the reasons that people think. In fact, she doesn’t believe that people have given educational choice a fair chance.
In 2018, Leslie Stahl conducted an interview with Betsy DeVos for “60 Minutes.” The interview engaged the US Education Secretary on several topics within public education, finance support, and educational choice. Stahl brought up the opposition to educational choice as many people have criticized the secretary for her views on private schools and charter schools.
However, DeVos also talked about the fact that public funding isn’t used for educational choice programs. Philanthropy has supported many educational programs instead. She has donors likes Sam Walton of Wal-Mart and Bill Gates of Microsoft. In addition, she received a sizable donation from Mark Zuckerberg. All of them have supported DeVos’ work with educational choice.
Now she is being joined by First Lady Melania Trump at charter schools around the country in an effort to support the work that DeVos has done over the past two years. The schools have expanded in Florida and Louisiana, but DeVos wants to bring educational choice to more areas. She says that it helps underprivileged students, and all she wants to do is make sure that students come first.
While she has been working with children for quite some time, DeVos has also received criticism for her lack of experience as a teacher. Even though she has worked with many schools and helped advance educational choice considerably around the country, Betsy DeVos has always worked in politics and philanthropy. She has found that this is where she can do the most good.
For the next year and a half, she will be working to expand educational choice options to most states. She has said that the program in Florida is the best as the state offers a tuition-based scholarship for students who apply and get accepted into the program.
In addition to her work on educational choice, DeVos has also been working with safety and security on campus. She has worked with many safety officers and implemented new rules to keep students safe on campus. This includes adding a security guard to most public school campuses, and in some cases, teachers can carry guns if approved by the school district.
It’s unclear whether DeVos will keep her position through 2020, but she will be working hard for American students until she has to step down.
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