You may have seen that Betsy Devos has been in the news recently. The 11th US Secretary of Education has polarized Americans with her beliefs, but so far, they seem to be helping students select better schools and get a higher education where they would have been forced to go to failing schools instead. This is the goal of her programs, according to Devos, who spoke candidly in an interview with Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes” earlier this year.
Much of the interview revolved around the success of new programs that Devos had placed in certain states. Much of education is still controlled at the state level, but Devos has had some success in changing school policies throughout the nation in regards to educational choice. Mostly, she wants to make it easier for students to pick where they go to school or at least how they receive their education.
The changes have caused an uproar in public school teachers’ unions, where they feel that they are losing funding because it is going to private schools. However, Devos says that is not the case. She has shown that philanthropy and not public funding has helped change the face of America’s education system.
In the beginning, Devos wanted to reform education because she had been an activist for so long. She was the Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party and worked hard to change the education system in her home state. She even proposed the “Kids First!” Coalition bill in the early 2000s. However, she was unsuccessful. Now she has had some success with her latest run in Florida and Louisiana.
She hasn’t been given much time to change things, but she has been appointed to handle much more than just education reform. She has also been in charge of school safety reform. After the school shootings in 2018, President Trump appointed Betsy Devos to head up the school safety reform movement. Over the summer of 2018, many schools made updates to their policies and evacuation routes in order to have more security on campus without more firepower. So far, there haven’t been any school shootings in the 2018-2019 school season.
Devos is also trying to work with student aid programs and helped create the FSA student aid app, which makes it easier for students to apply and get funding for college. This has been in the works for awhile, so it’s important to see that Devos has been keeping her word on supplying more access to student aid for everyone.
Betsy has just two more years to make changes in other states, but much of education is still controlled at the state level. She will have to work hard in the next few years to ensure that schools are easily accessed by students and that she continues to use philanthropy to support educational choice programs in the United States.
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