From what you hear about Betsy DeVos in the newspapers or on television, you can clearly see an agenda opposed to the Secretary of Education.
I took the initiative to further conduct research on Mrs. DeVos and what I discovered was a woman who’s committed her lifelong career to propel the excellence of young minds.
Secretary DeVos’s career in education has spanned for nearly 30 years. Her source of inspiration comes from her mother, who was an educator, and the number of working adults who continually strived for allowing parents to make their own choices for their children.
For a large portion of her educational career, DeVos mentored disadvantaged children in the Public-School System to which she credits being the root to all her successes. Her main fight has been to push states to allow freedom of choice for parents and to try and break the common core initiative.
DeVos first began working towards her goals of implementing school choice by creating a foundation which offered scholarships to poor families. Though marginally successful, DeVos knew that she could apply these methods in a larger frame of mind.
DeVos was a member of the American Education Reform Council and the Children First America, charities that aimed to expand school choice via voucher programs and tax credits.
DeVos is the husband of Dick DeVos whose father founded Amway. Both Betsy and Dick have been central figures in the Michigan state-legislature helping to pass the State’s first charter school bill. They also unsuccessfully tried to allow tax credit scholarships or vouchers in the State.
Dick DeVos also ran unsuccessfully as the Governor of Michigan on the Republican ticket.
The spouses have been Staunch Republicans supporters and have been influential in the state of Michigan for years.
They also formed a Political Action Committee called the American Federation for Children (AFC). At the height of DeVos’s influence she has seen many great advancements in states such as Florida, Louisiana. and Indiana whose policies have implemented tax-credit scholarships for parents to have school choice.
Throughout President Trump’s campaign he had been openly critical of Common Core and threw support around the idea of school choice to which Betsy DeVos soon became the ideal candidate. She secured the position as the 11th Secretary of Education in the United States by a narrow margin in the Senate.
For most of DeVos’s detractors, it is easy to evade one’s rich story when they are inclined to focus solely on one’s policies. The idea behind Betsy DeVos’s mission could not have been framed overnight.
I am personally more inclined to trust a public servant who has a deep ambition in carrying out their vision, whether I agree with them or not than someone that speaks only to appease the masses.