Paying attention to the political scene has become something of a full-time job, at least since Donald Trump ascended to his post as President of the United States. President Trump has followed through on the promises of Nominee Trump in his pursuit of adding outsiders to the highest rungs of the political ladder. Among his various installations in Washington D.C. was Betsy DeVos to the role of Secretary of Education. Betsy DeVos was far away from being a household name when she was nominated and summarily confirmed, but members of Michigan’s conservative party definitely have been familiar with her work.
Betsy DeVos came up in Holland, MI where she learned to trust three things above all: her faith, her family, and her conservative values. One concept that bridged the gap between all three concepts was her belief in the future of school choice advocacy. Betsy DeVos became enamored with the works of Milton Friedman and his argument against government intervention in the educational system. Friedman fundamentally argued for a private school system and Betsy DeVos expanded on the concept by doubling down on voucher/scholarship options. DeVos took personal trips to schools around Michigan in order to help inform her opinion, realizing that some of the best schools in the state, from her point of view, were considered private choice.
Betsy DeVos would attend Calvin College and she would get right to work after graduating. DeVos has been active in a slew of different state-wide activities and she is most famous for being the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party. DeVos has also spent time working alongside a variety of educational charities, including American Education Reform Council and Children First America. These experiences would eventually lead Betsy DeVos to become the chair at the American Federation for Children, her attempt to bring school choice to a national level. So far, DeVos has had success to a degree. 17 states have adopted school choice programs and almost a quarter of a million students are enrolled in the programs.
Now that Betsy DeVos is sitting in the office of the Secretary of Education, she’ll have the chance to bring change to a national level. Betsy DeVos has already gained a reputation for being hard-nosed and bulldog-like in her convictions and this spells good things for fans of DeVos’ point of view. With only a year in Washington D.C. to her name, DeVos is already well on the way to changing America.