After Vice President Mike Pence cast a historic deciding vote, Betsy DeVos became the United States Secretary of Education for President Trump’s administration. One of her first acts was to announce that President Trump was rescinding the bathroom executive order issued by President Obama. Therefore, students had to use the restroom corresponding to their assigned sexual identity.
She also almost immediately called the two heads of the largest teachers unions in the United States to suggest that they meet with her. The president of the National Education Association refused to meet with her while the president of the American Federation of Teachers said that she and Betsy had made plans to visit schools together.
While some opponents argue that Betsy DeVos is out to end public education in America, she would argue that she is determined to see that each child receive the very best education possible regardless of the income level of their parents. She told Cal Thomas in an interview that 75 to 80 percent of parents wanted the right to send their children to the school that they felt met their child’s needs the best.
Betsy was educated in Holland Christian Schools, but from her childhood, she has a firm grasp of the state of public education since her mother was a public school teacher. Her father started as a machine operated, but he quit and with the help of two co-workers began his own company. The company grew to be the largest manufacturer of die-cast machines in the United States.
Betsy also believes that the best ideas for education start at the lowest levels. She says that on her tour of public schools she has been pleased to meet many very dedicated educators. When asked by Thomas if she thought the office of United States Secretary of Education should be abolished, she said no. She does, however, believe that its power should be severely curtailed. She says that the federal government should only make sure that the needs of special education students are being met and that anti-discrimination issues are dealt with effectively.
Betsy has been very active in her new role. She has already sent several Every Student Succeeds Act plans back to the states to be revised saying that they were not ambitious enough. She has already sent plans back saying that states cannot use advanced placement tests to determine if a student is able to move ahead or what programs they should attend.
Betsy DeVos may have barely become education secretary, but she has hit the ground running. She is determined to work with those who vehemently oppose school choice while holding states responsible for educating students effectively. Learn more: http://www.betsydevos.com/