There are very few things more dependable in life than Betsy DeVos and her fight for the right of school choice around the nation. Betsy DeVos was a prominent member of the Michigan Republican Party before she was selected by President Donald Trump to serve as the Secretary of Education for the United States of America. Donald Trump campaigned on bringing outsiders into Washington D.C. and the selection of Betsy DeVos as Secretary fo Education was outside-of-the-box thinking that could pay huge dividends for conservative values and the role of school choice in America. Most people are unaware of who Betsy DeVos is and who she was before she came to Washington D.C., so let’s take a moment to look back at her past.

 

Betsy DeVos was born and raised in a small town in Michigan. She would grow up amid traditional conservative values, armed with the idea of school choice in her life. DeVos would eventually go on to attend Calvin College where she would meet her future husband, Dick DeVos, while also sharpening her mind for politics. DeVos grew a reputation early on as an acerbic speaker who could be equal parts polite and cutthroat. People have always had a tendency to underrate Betsy DeVos and now Mrs. DeVos is using that same reputation to her advantage in Washington D.C. as something of a political bulldog who fights for each thing that she cares deeply for. Learn more: http://enablediversity.com/2017/08/11/dick-devos-reveals-the-staggering-amounts-of-money-he-donated-to-charity/

 

No matter what you discuss surrounding Betsy DeVos, eventually the conversation will drift back to the role of education and the government. Betsy DeVos is a reformer and she is a devout believer int he writings of Milton Friedman, who penned ‘The Role of Government in Education‘. This essay essentially made the argument that the government should keep its hands off of education, thus allowing families to decide whether public schooling or privatized schooling was the right choice for their children. DeVos got involved with Friedman’s work long before it was an acceptable stance for conservative Americans to take and, in truth, DeVos is a big reason why it has become so mainstream. DeVos says, “Today there are about 250,000 students in 33 publicly funded, private-choice programs in 17 states and the District of Columbia.”

 

With Betsy DeVos the role of government and education will be a defining aspect of her time spent in Washington D.C. Fans of school choice will have a lot to root for over the next four years.

 

 

 

 

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