The political world is experiencing upheaval in ways that are going to be measured for years to come. The election campaign of Donald Trump, now President Donald Trump, and the corresponding rise of a more nationalist and conservative movement across the country has given sway to something important. This change has given great energy to members of the right wing of America’s political spectrum and people like the new Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, are being charged with harnessing that energy and directing it forward into the proper channels. Betsy DeVos is likely to be one of the most outstanding additions to Donald Trump’s Presidential Cabinet and her work is going to end up being the most important when we look back on it years down the line. Why has Betsy DeVos become such a lightning rod in the political world? What are her ultimate goals?
Betsy DeVos rose to popularity in the state of Michigan as one of the most devout and vocal school choice proponents in the entire country. The school choice movement is a conservative position regarding the role of government in education and how important it is to give families and religious sects more choice and control of the way that their education works. Essentially, DeVos believes in pulling funding from public schools and focusing on funding children above all — whether they go to secular schools or Christian schools. This position is obviously one that conservatives have rallied around but it has been a tough sell across the more moderate and progressive areas of the United States. Still, DeVos is now the Secretary of Education for the people, not just a specific political party which is what is going to make her work so important and potentially divisive.
As a lifelong reformer and a religiously devout individual, DeVos knows what she is fighting for when she takes the pulpit to speak at a University or to discuss her work as a school choice activist. In the state of Michigan, DeVos’ willingness to openly discuss school choice and how it relates to the progression of education in America made her incredibly popular but it also put her on the map of political opponents. Now, as one of the few Cabinet members without any prior federal experience, Betsy DeVos will have to stand tall across from political rivals who seek to bludgeon her with her inexperience. With that being said, Betsy DeVos has already shown that she is far from one to hide from a discussion and one more likely to impress her opponent than anything.
Betsy DeVos got a crash course in political acumen after being confirmed by the Senate and taking her position as the Secretary of Education. DeVos organized a sitdown with prominent leaders of teacher unions in America and was roundly snubbed by many of them. However, those that did end up showing were quick to realize that DeVos was not a figure to take lightly. These union leaders, of which Randi Weingarten is one of them, found DeVos to be laser focused and intensely ready to take her political fight to the highest levels.
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