The 2016 Presidential Election was a litmus test for the temperament of the public at large. What the results of that election told us, quite plainly, was that the majority of regular, everyday Americans were tired of the political establishment running the show. The results were overwhelming and the meteoric rise of Donald Trump tot he Presidency was impossible to ignore. Once installed into the White House, President Trump went right to work in trying to fill his cabinet with political outsiders. Of Trump’s prominent cabinet members, no name drew more scrutiny than that of Betsy DeVos. Betsy DeVos, a private citizen with no federal experience, was nominated and summarily confirmed for the role of Secretary of Education. Now, with two years of work at her back, we can take a closer look at what she is focused on accomplishing in the coming years.
Betsy DeVos came to Washington D.C. after an exciting and accomplished political career in the state of Michigan. Despite never running for federal or state offices, Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick DeVos managed to become prominent members of the GOP. As wealthy mega-donors to the GOP, the DeVos family had the ear of the conservative movement well before they positioned themselves for any kind of political aspiration. However, it wasn’t the money that made Betsy DeVos the Secretary of Education, it was her focus on conservative education reform.
Betsy DeVos has been laser-focused on reforming education for the better part of the past three decades. Taking cues from the writings of Milton Friedman, largely focusing on the role of education and government, DeVos has become a prominent champion of the school choice movement. School choice wasn’t considered a mainstream conservative position until Betsy DeVos made it so. In doing so, DeVos has given conservatives a real platform to run on for change in the educational system.
More than just talking the talk, Betsy DeVos and her family have been walking the walk. Betsy DeVos has become a financial backer of the Potter’s House Christian School in order to help elevate it to becoming an icon for the school choice movement. She has personally donated thousands of hours of personal work to the facility while also keeping the place funded. Now, DeVos will try and take her movement to the national level and she’ll have the full support of Washington D.C. and the President himself at her back.
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