Betsy DeVos is one of the top women in government currently. She holds the position of US Education Secretary. Appointed by President Trump in 2017, DeVos has been working hard to help students in all states, but she hasn’t been successful across the board. For one, many states haven’t ratified legislation supporting educational choice, and then there is the issue of campus safety.
It’s clear that the US Education Secretary inherited a bunch of problems from previous administrations in regards to education reform. While there have been issues with standardized testing and failing schools, no administration has been able to tackle the issue. It was thought that common core method would help students with standardized tests, but it has only proven to teach for the test instead of comprehension and understanding.
The United States still ranks quite low across the world for math and reading comprehension. The problems have not gone unnoticed by DeVos who has been working towards helping students get into better schools, whether they are in the right school zone or not. Educational choice has been a major platform for DeVos ever since the 1990s.
In Michigan, she became the Chairman of the state’s Republican Party and proposed legislation to help students in the state go to better schools. The program was called “Kids First Coalition.” While it wasn’t ratified in Michigan, the bill continued to persist and led to other programs in other states. Louisiana and Florida have been the most successful with educational choice programs.
However, one question still remains. Who pays for students to go to private schools?
In fact, Betsy DeVos has said that philanthropy is the reason that students are able to go to these schools. DeVos has donated over $35 million to education, and she has some major donors backing up her campaign. This includes companies like Facebook and Microsoft, as well as Wal-Mart. It’s clear that these founders know that educational choice is a way for students to get out of impoverished communities where failing schools have become a normal way of life.
DeVos knows that the system must change, but she is doing what she can in the little time that she has had as the US Education Secretary. She has also worked with the First Lady Melania Trump, touring different states in early 2019 to promote educational choice programs. In Florida, there are multiple ways that students can choose different schools, such as magnet programs or virtual classes. You can start taking online courses as young as kindergarten in the Sunshine State.
DeVos has less than a year to get more states on board with educational choice. She will be working with more leaders in the next year to make changes and add more programs.
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