After one of the most tumultuous elections in modern times, President Donald Trump nominated Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education. As a consequence of the divided Senate, her vote to confirm was tied requiring the first ever vice-presidential vote for an appointee to win. She was confirmed on Nov 7, 2017.
Bringing education back to parents
Devos has emerged as one of the strongest advocates for charter schools and vouchers for at risk students in poverty stricken neighborhoods. It’s her strong belief that a private school education of the parents choice should be available to students that normally wouldn’t have that opportunity. Vouchers would allow a student to have their budgeted taxpayer supported money follow the student to the school of their choice. This idea has been adopted successfully to a limited degree in some states, but is still very controversial. Her general philosophy is that decisions are made much better at a local level by parents and local school jurisdictions.
A lifetime of service toward kids
In her early adulthood Betsy served as a student advocate for at risk youths at Barton Elementary School In Grand Rapids Michigan. Here she help kids personally by lining up educational opportunities for kids who could thrive in a different environment. She later went on to chair several charities that provide scholarships, equipment and educational opportunities to both disadvantaged and highly performing students. The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, The Mars Hill Bible Church and Kendall College of Art and Design are some of them. It’s in this capacity that she developed her insights into the benefits of charter schools.
A strong voice in politics
Early in her life she became an active member of the local Republican Party, and was elected as a delegate to 16 consecutive terms in her local district. She then went on to represent the party as the Republican National Committee Chairwoman for six years. From there, she was elected as the Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman. She showed an incredible ability to raise funds for several local elections, and she did very well during the George W Bush re-election campaign of 2004. As Chairwoman of the State Party, she at one point resigned, in a stand her ground moment. Later, in 2003, she ran unopposed and won her seat back.
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