We may never know what has driven Betsy Devos to be one of the most persistent political voice, and especially with her unorthodox opinions. One might say she is a typical Republican, yet she does not see eye-to-eye with the current establishment. This is especially the case when it comes to education reform, in which she has a preference for funding charter schools.
As reported in this New York Times article, Betsy had been quite involved with the transgender community over Trump’s removal of Obama’s policies. On the other hand, she does publicly agree that Obama’s attempt to legalize the allow of transgender individuals in whichever bathroom that they choose.
The different stances that she has may perplex many in the mainstream media. According to this article in The Atlantic, she is perceived to have different personalities when seen in the political arena. No matter if it is the truth, President Trump must have seen something in her personality to make her the education secretary.
While involved in various political and religious causes, she also has a generous side to her political appearance. Her main devotion has seen towards market-oriented educational reform, as seen in her push for government-funded charter schools.
She comes from a well-off conservative background, which explains her preference for market-based results. While attending her all-Christian college, she met Dick DeVos, a man that shared similar political and religious beliefs. This union of these two individuals became a powerful political force that actually made changes in both her state and the nation.
Betsy Devos also has strong family ties to the Netherlands, which is why she is so fond of their policies. Like the Netherlands, she believed that Christian schools should receive the same funding as secular schools, which is not exactly popular in the United States. Ironically, the Netherlands is a Left-leaning country yet Christian schools receive fair treatment.
Of course, the Netherlands require all schools to follow strict teacher training and other guidelines. Betsy believes that schools should not require regulation to the extent of this country, which may lead to mixed results.
While some may see it as a violation of the separation between Church & State, Donald Trump is allowing Betsy to fulfill her non-secular vision. In reality, it may be fair that all schools receive funds without discrimination between teaching curricula.
Betsy has a profound presence in Michigan as a persistent fighter to achieve goals that she believes in. When she has a goal, she will usually make it come to fruition, even if it takes a while to achieve. As an education secretary, she holds a significant amount of power to help with educational reform that this country desperately needs.
In the meantime, she will still have to compete for attention from bigger players in the white house, like Jeff Sessions or Mike Pence. Especially with the issue of transgender rights in public bathrooms, she struggled to get her opinion across. With her success in funding charter schools, she still has plenty of admirers that have benefited from uplifting impoverished communities with bad public schools.
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