For those who have been following the political education discussion in this country, the US Education Secretary has been a polarizing figure for reform. Her name is Betsy DeVos, and she is the first women to champion educational choice in America.
As long as DeVos can remember, she’s been fighting for education reform. As an entrepreneur and business leader, she has used her own funds to support educational reform across the states. In her home state of Michigan, she has become a symbol of education reform. In the early 2000s, she proposed the “Kids First Coalition” bill that would make more educational choice opportunities available to underprivileged students.
However, it wasn’t passed. DeVos says that there is a lot of unfair criticism of educational choice. She believes that people don’t know how it works to criticize it. In fact, she has said that saying educational choice uses tax dollars or public funding is completely wrong. Philanthropy has paid for much of the educational choice campaign. Devos has even had some big donors, such as Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates.
While she was the Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, DeVos was quite active in educational reform. She worked hard and donated over $35 million so that children were able to go to different schools than where they were zoned. She felt that students had to be put first in a system that wasn’t designed for them.
Standardized testing has ruined America’s schools in the minds of some. A recent interview with Leslie Stahl on “60 Minutes” revealed that standardized testing scores are up after 20 years. However, the US continues to be extremely far down on the list in comparison to the rest of the world. In fact, the US still ranks 65th in reading comprehension.
DeVos doesn’t believe in common core method as well. Trump has said that it will be removed from the curriculum during his administration, but there hasn’t been much activity on that front. DeVos continues to be a champion for students being able to choose where they go to school despite criticism from public school administrators and teachers.
She believes that these groups aren’t putting children first. Instead, they are focusing on getting more money to support programs that don’t support all students in America. DeVos spoke to “60 Minutes” in depth about her plans for the future. She wants to make it so that children can choose where they go to school, whether it’s another public school or a private school.
She also wants to make schools safer, and she has put legislation into action to change school campuses. Each campus now has a guardian to protect the school. There have been additional policies to provide teachers with gun training and safety procedures too.
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