How much time have you spent thinking about how well the public school system is working? If you’ve spent any time at all, you’ll likely realize that there are more than a couple of problems surrounding public education in general. Despite how much money the United States pours into the system, results just haven’t been there. For that reason, President Trump is turning power over to his new Secretary of Education in order to find solutions to problems within the system. Betsy DeVos was nominated by the Senate and confirmed by a tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Pence. This situation alone was intriguing but it was more emblematic of the political divide in America than an indictment on Betsy DeVos, specifically. Now, DeVos is in her position and ready to work, so what comes next?
Betsy DeVos has worked for over 30 years to become a true champion of conservative education reform. She was pushing for reform in the field of education far before she had any grand political aspirations. Betsy DeVos has always been motivated by her own personal creed, by her demand that she be the reformer that everyone else in her family has become. For that reason, Betsy DeVos has become unwavering in her focus on pushing true reform toward the public and her position in the Department of Education is only going to help her.
If you went to Grand Rapids, MI and visited the Potter’s House Christian School, you’d likely find the same sort of educational optimism that inspired Betsy DeVos to become a conservative education champion. Over 30 years ago, Betsy and her husband Dick DeVos visited the school in order to get an idea as to the different education options for their own children. Once inside of the Potter’s House Christian School, DeVos became enamored with the environment. She saw teachers and students who were energized and electric with the power of learning. Most of all, DeVos saw a future there. She would carry that optimism with her out of the door and straight onto the political background.
Since Betsy DeVos began touting conservative education reform, she has managed to spread school choice programs to more than 17 different states in the country. Right now there are more than a couple of school choice institutes operating with more than 250,000 total students enrolled across these institutes. Early success in the school choice movement has fueled DeVos’s popularity and will serve her well in her role as the Secretary of Education. Now, Betsy DeVos has to stick to the course and bypass the political divide that has opened before her in order to bring school choice to the masses, thus helping our children finding the education that they need.
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