When the 2016 Presidential Election wrapped up with the victory speech of Donald Trump for the Republican party, the rest of the world watched on in shock. Most shocking of all was the fact that people around the nation couldn’t see something like this coming. Voters came out en masse during the 2016 elections in order to make their voice heard: change was on the way and they were inviting it with open arms. With ‘outsider politics’ suddenly becoming en vogue, newly sworn-in President Trump was quick to bring in a litany of outsider politicians to join his Cabinet. Among the many different politicians that Trump would add to his cabinet, Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education would stick out the most.
Before Betsy DeVos was nominated for her position as the Secretary of Education at the Department of Justice, the highest office an educator can receive, she was not quite a household name around the nation. With that being said, Betsy DeVos had already become something of an icon around the political world of Michigan. According to Mike Cox, a former state attorney general on the Republican ticket, Betsy DeVos managed to ‘instill fear in a lot of people’ due to her demeanor, preparedness, and her ability to cut to the core of the conversation at hand. Those are high words of praise aimed at someone who had never worked in the federal government but we have quickly come to the realization that there is no hyperbole here.
Betsy and Dick DeVos made their stance quite well known over the past thirty years or so. The DeVos’s have spent their married life working to promote conservative values while funding and campaigning for the GOP on a national level. Their hard work in Michigan, in both business and education, put the DeVos family on the map. Betsy DeVos specifically stepped up into the national spotlight thanks to her unwavering faith in school choice and her self-anointed title as a ‘reformer’. While these titles may sound ostentatious, they are applicable to the life that Betsy DeVos has lived and her goals in the future.
The most important aspect of Betsy DeVos’s nomination and confirmation was the fact that she gave conservatives an identity to rally around in the field of education. While education reform is largely attached to progressive politics, Betsy DeVos has made popular a conservative education platform that has potential to fix some of the glaring issues in the world of public education. Betsy DeVos is championing school choice and she will be pushing for school funding to be spread among private schools, charter schools, and even Christian schools. Betsy DeVos believes that parents should have the right to choose the educational institution of their choice for their children without any penalty.
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