When Betsy DeVos was brought into Washington D.C. for her Senate confirmation hearing, she likely had some idea of what she was getting into. The 2016 presidential election was rife with vitriol from both sides of the political aisle. With President Trump under so much scrutiny, some of which he brought upon himself, DeVos knew that she would likely face fire during her hearing. Nominated as the Secretary of Education, DeVos would face tough questioning from her colleagues. After a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence, DeVos would be able to take her position. With one fight out of the way, DeVos knows that there are many more to come.
For Betsy DeVos, the fight for education reform began long before she ever thought of attaining political office. Roughly thirty years ago, DeVos began on her quest toward getting educational choice on the legislative menu. A topic originally inspired by Milton Friedman in the 50s, school choice seeks to bring back educational freedom to parents and children throughout the country. The core conceit of school choice is that both public and private establishments should be supported by the government. Public schools and private schools alike should receive federal funding so that they can provide support to children. Critics of this concept argue that privately owned schools will lack the oversight needed to ensure quality education. Betsy DeVos, a proud school choice advocate, takes up the free market position of most conservatives.
No matter which side of the equation you fall on with regard to school choice, DeVos is putting her career on the line in order to support the idea. Betsy DeVos has been personally involved in grassroots organizations throughout the country that has aimed to support school choice. For three decades, DeVos has been spending both her time and her money in order to drag educational choice under the spotlight. Throughout this time, DeVos has earned a reputation for herself as someone who is both devout and deeply committed to her work. DeVos is a reformer, after all, and it is very little that can stop her from pursuing her life’s goal.
While DeVos may be green from the perspective of political experience, she certainly has put in her time in the field of education. The DeVos family has worked for decades in order to prop up the Potter’s House Christian School as an iconic establishment in the school choice world. The school serves low-income families in Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas and it has gained a strong reputation. If DeVos can succeed in her life’s work, school choice might become a topic that people around the world come to learn about. With that being said, DeVos has a dogfight ahead of her if she wants to succeed.
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