Betsy DeVos has fought hard for educational choice. In the past two years, she has gotten some successful programs passed in a few states, but it’s still been a difficult road. While she has always fought for students’ rights, it’s been difficult getting educators and state leaders on her side. However, in an interview with “60 Minutes,” she talked to Lesley Stahl about the triumphs and hard work over the past two years in office.
As the 11th US Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos has stood behind her policies. She has promoted educational choice as a way to end failing school issues for students across the country, and she has ushered in a new wave of school safety measures to prevent school shootings. It’s been difficult to fight for education under the Trump administration, as so many have publicly criticized her for not being a teacher.
However, DeVos has always wanted to help students. She has always worked hard for education reform, dating back to her time at Calvin College. She has been able to complete much of her work through philanthropy and helping charter schools that cater to underprivileged children. In fact, she has donated over $135 million under the DeVos Family Foundation. She continues to be a huge proponent of private choice, though it has come under fire from many in education.
When asked why people are so opposed to educational choice, DeVos says that her opponents just don’t understand educational choice. In fact, many don’t understand how public funding won’t be used for private education, but if you look at how funding is spent, philanthropy has paved the road for educational choice options, not tax dollars.
DeVos has had many donors since she started her educational choice campaign, including people like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Sam Walton. These donors have contributed millions to the educational choice campaign, although it has yet to be adopted by every state.
In 2018, in addition to her work in educational reform, she took on school safety. There were multiple school shootings in 2018 that required immediate and swift action. President Trump appointed DeVos to lead the moment, knowing that she would do the best job to put students’ needs first. She implemented several new policies in the summer of 2018 ahead of the new school year. So far, there have been zero school shootings since these new policies went into effect.
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