There is a rising tide of change coming through Washington D.C. and Betsy DeVos , the newly minted Secretary of Education, could be one of the defining moments of the shift. Betsy DeVos was nominated by President Donald Trump to the role of Secretary of Education, thus fulfilling his promise to drain the swamp and shift away from the concept of ‘business as usual‘. Betsy DeVos came to Washington D.C. with a relatively low national profile but she has worked quick and hard in order to establish herself in our nation’s capital. The biggest question most people will be asking themselves is this: What will Betsy DeVos stand for during her time as the Sec. of Education?
Taking over the Department of Education as an outsider can probably be considered a pretty difficult task. Fortunately, according to most reports, Betsy DeVos has always been a political bulldog and a fighter. As the former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, Betsy DeVos has experience toeing the party line while also pushing the things she believes into the forefront of the conversation. Donald Trump famously requested loyalty from James Comey at the FBI, something that he does with all of his hires dating back to his work in real estate, and that’s likely what he’s going to get from Mrs. DeVos — to a point. Figures worried that Betsy DeVos will become a simple mouthpiece for the President need not have that concern, as you will soon see.
Betsy DeVos is probably one of the single most important individuals in the underrated fight for school choice across the nation. School choice is a concept that was made famous by Milton Friedman but brought to the masses by Betsy DeVos through her work with several foundations, including the American Federation for Children. School choice seeks to take away government intervention in the schooling system so as to give parents more control over the future of their children’s educational options. Betsy DeVos cites a visit to the Potter’s Christian House as an instigator to her lifelong pursuit and passion for school choice. Thanks to her work, DeVos has brought school choice to more than 17 states that are currently serving 250,000 students through private schooling options.
In Washington D.C., Betsy DeVos will stick to what she’s always believed in while fighting to bring her platform up to a national level. Betsy DeVos has thus far cemented herself as a political fighter and we’ll see what change she can make in the years to come.