Betsy DeVos, the current Secretary of Education, has made it a point to push herself harder than she ever has in her new role within President Trump’s cabinet. Contrary to popular belief she has always been a fierce and cunning political fighter, not the subordinate employee she has been portrayed to be. She comes with her own thoughts and ideas about what should be done with the education system, she is not ignorant of the needs of the country’s children. While some believe she is stepping into the political ring outmatched, she may, in fact, be a ringer when it comes to many educational issues.
The New York Times article “Betsy DeVos is Publicly Polite, but a Political Fighter”, published on their website, discusses the depth of the education leader’s experience. While in Michigan, her home state, DeVos created quite a name for herself in the political arena. Not only was she a large donor to the Republican party, but she also served as a chairwoman for the Michigan Republican Party. There she also started her advocacy campaign for school choice. She is an instrumental member of several organizations such as the Foundation for Excellence in Education, the Alliance for School Choice, the Acton Institute, and the All Children Matter PAC.
When it comes to her policies, DeVos will not roll over very quickly. In fact, she made recent headlines when she publicly disagreed with the repeal of a former mandate that would allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that they identified with. She fought hard against the nullification of this mandate and even warned those that would be most effected by it (http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/10/devos_family_stryker_heir_make.html). Just because she lost; however, does not mean that she is not formidable. In fact, that is quite the opposite impression that she leaves. It has been predicted that as DeVos makes connections and becomes familiar with her office, she will be able to make decisions that promote real and lasting change for the students under her charge.
One thing that people can be sure of is that DeVos will continue to have a special interest in charter schools. She believes that the school system is behind that of their international counterparts, even the charter schools, and that more attention should be paid to bringing them up to par. Not very long ago, she even visited many charter schools in Florida with the first lady and Queen Rania of Jordan. For DeVos, the future of education is up.