Betsy Devos has had some significant challenges as the 11th US Secretary of Education, but that hasn’t stopped her from conducting interview after interview and staying the course of what she believes will help America’s students. The education reformer has always been an activist and was once the Michigan Republican Party Chairperson. She started serving as the secretary of the US Department of Education in February 2017 after being appointed by President Trump.
What does Betsy offer that is different than other education leaders? For one, she is keenly aware of the issues affecting students trying to go to school today in the American education system. She is also close to education reform and knows about the issues facing schools as they try to balance between standardized testing and Common Core education.
Devos has gone through extensive efforts to promote educational choice programs. She has been successful in a number of states, but in a most recent interview with “60 Minutes,” she said that Florida was the most successful. This is due to the amount of educational choice programs offered in the state, as well as a tuition-based scholarship program. While Louisiana is also successful, Devos has been working with other states to bring them on board.
However, she has been met with controversy and criticism. Devos has been criticized of trying to use public funding to support private education. However, Devos says that isn’t true. She states that philanthropy has supported education reform this far. She has some incredible donors on her list, as well. This includes Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Sam Walton. However, her own foundation has donated over $134 million to different causes, including education.
Recently, she has been working to change policies regarding school safety and gun violence. She was appointed to lead the school safety movement by President Trump in 2018 after a number of school shootings left the country devastated. This change marked the summer of 2018 for schools across the United States as new policies and changes were made to ensure the safety of America’s students.
In addition, she has been trying to help students who need federal student aid to go to school, including a new mobile app that helps them sign up for FSA. This has been helpful in getting students on track to go to college, and it’s one of the great achievements in education reform to have something so advanced for students to use.
Betsy Devos will continue to make her mark on America, but it’s clear that she will not receive any help in doing so. That’s fine. Betsy has always gone her own way!
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