Betsy DeVos Prepares for Political Battle in Department of Education

When Donald Trump campaigned under the GOP Nominee for President in 2016, he made it very clear that he wanted to drain the swamp and bring back normalcy to a stale Washington D.C. In order to drain the swamp effectively, President Trump would have to nominate outsiders into key positions in order to help the government start to reform. Among those key positions to be filled was the Secretary of Education, the most important post in the world for educational professionals. Betsy DeVos, former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, was nominated to the position and she was able to get through the Senate hearing and confirmation process despite resistance from both sides of the political aisle — a sure sign that the swamp was resisting her nomination. Still, DeVos was confirmed and now the nation at large is prepared to watch and see what she is able to accomplish.

 

Over fifty years ago Milton Friedman wrote a paper titled, ‘The Role of Government in Education‘. He effectively argued that education was more capable in the hands of the everyday person rather than that of the government. This writing would become the backbone of the school choice movement and it would also become the foundation by which Betsy DeVos built up her political career. Starting in college, Betsy attended Calvin College, Mrs. DeVos would become a political activist with focus on school choice. She would champion Friedman’s work while seeking to spread the word across the nation. DeVos says, “The movement’s growth is accelerating.” She is right, of course, in that more than 17 states have begun to embrace the school choice system which has led to a full quarter of a million students becoming registered in these programs. School choice is coming and now DeVos is in a spot to make it spread quicker.

 

Still, Betsy DeVos is more than just a school choice activist — though that is incredibly important for her position at the Department of Education. DeVos is a hardline conservative that follows faith and family values to during her decision-making process. These traits have made her a soft-spoken person in conversation but an absolute fighter in the legislative process. Betsy DeVos is already showcasing these skills by way of meetings with prominent members of both sides of the political aisle, including the presidents of the major teacher unions throughout the United States of America. At this point, the only people underestimating Betsy DeVos are the ones that don’t know her. Learn more: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2017/06/ex-british_pm_david_cameron_pr.html