If you work in the field of education then you are likely well aware of the fact that there is something very amiss with the way that the entire industry works. For decades, it seems, there has been a common refrain from the highest level advisors in Washington D.C.: ‘Public education is a mess, something needs to change’. However, despite changing parties in the White House over the past several years, no real change has been introduced. Then, in 2016, Donald Trump rose to the front of the GOP nomination and he won a startling election that will surely go down in the history books. Donald Trump took the Oval Office in 2017 and he brought with him a team of outsiders that have prided themselves on their ability to get things done. Among these outsiders is Betsy DeVos, the recently confirmed Secretary of Education. Betsy DeVos is in a position to bring about real, conservative education reform to the rest of America for the first time in over a decade. The question remains, however, is she capable?
If you were to write a movie about Betsy DeVos, you’d have to make sure to cover every aspect of her growing up. Betsy DeVos was born in Holland, Mi and raised in a small, Dutch neighborhood. As a staunch conservative and a devout reformer, DeVos has known her entire life that she is to be counted on to bring change to the world in a tangible and positive way. For decades, Betsy and Dick DeVos have been high-level mega-donors to the Republican Party and now the two are in a position to actually enact some change. While DeVos’ work on a national level began in 2017, her work at the state level has been ongoing for nearly 30+ years.
Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick DeVos have become champions of what is known as the school choice movement. School choice essentially gives students and families the ability to pick and choose education, relying on vouchers rather than typical funding provided by the government. The DeVos family has helped to tout this concept into reality by embracing it in their own backyard. Betsy and Dick DeVos have both been actively endorsing and maintaining the Potter’s House Christian School in order to show that the concept can really work. They’ve donated countless physical hours to the establishment to go along with their hundreds of thousands of dollars over the year.
With success apparent at the Potter’s House Christian School, conservatives around the country have embraced school choice in a tangible way. At the time of this writing, more than 250,000 students are currently enrolled in school choice institutions throughout 17 different states. As Betsy DeVos settles into her role at the Federal level, she’ll be granted the ability to begin considering the spread of school choice to the rest of the nation. Conservatives finally have a rallying point on the discussion of education and Betsy DeVos is quickly proving to be a capable icon for the movement.
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