Betsy DeVos is a polarizing figure in America’s fight for education reform. While it isn’t a new reform movement, DeVos has been working in this for some time. She isn’t a stranger to criticism either. She faced much of it during her time as Chairman of the Republican Party in Michigan, where she worked with private educators and underprivileged students. She believes that she is putting the students first with her new legislation that promotes educational choice. Some teachers are still not so sure.
For the past two years, Betsy DeVos has been working hard to get more states on board with educational choice. She has done interview after interview, most recently appearing on “60 Minutes” for an interview with Lesley Stahl. The interview was difficult and had pointed questions for DeVos, including if she thought any of her programs had proven to be successful.
DeVos stated that Louisiana and Florida were two of the more successful programs. However, she named Florida as the one with the most progress. In the Sunshine States, students are able to pick wherever they want to go to school regardless of where they are zoned. However, if students want to go to a private school, they have to apply for a scholarship. This is a tuition-based scholarship, and it’s the only one of its kind in the country.
As the 11th US Education Secretary, DeVos has received praise from students and teachers for providing these choices. So many times, students are stuck in failing schools where they are not inspired or forced to take common core method exams because they are forced upon students in certain districts. President Trump has promised that Common Core will be removed during his administration, but so far, it continues to plague students and parents.
In addition to her work with educational choice, Betsy DeVos was appointed to work with school safety legislators. More policies were needed to help campuses protect against gun violence. The latest policies went into effect ahead of the new school year in 2018. So far, there have been no school shootings in 2019. However, DeVos was very careful not to talk about whether teachers would have guns or not. She hoped that no more guns would be required on school campuses, as it just leads to more unsafe conditions.
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