Betsy DeVos knows what it means to fight against insurmountable odds. She has been doing so for most of her life. As the new secretary of education for the U.S., she is now working to build bridges between two polar opposite political parties who don’t like to give any ground, at all. DeVos recently found herself in the middle of a controversy, of sorts, when president Trump made a move to rescind a federal policy that had previously allowed transgender students to use any school bathroom they wanted to based on their chosen gender identity.
Before president Trump made the announcement, Betsy DeVos spoke with a representative of gay and transgender workers from the Department of Education to let them know there was a change coming soon. DeVos, reportedly, didn’t agree with the president’s decision but didn’t appear to be troubled when it was announced to the public. Some people were a bit troubled by this, but those who have worked with DeVos know that she plays her cards close to her chest.
In Michigan, more than one politician or lawmaker has found out the hard way that Betsy DeVos doesn’t back down when she believes in a cause. She previously served as chairwoman for the Michigan Republican Party for six years and has also fought to pass legislation that has greatly improved the school system in the state. Mike Cox, who has served as a state attorney general in the past, went on record to say that DeVos is not the kind of woman to be trifled with. He also commented on her uncompromising nature when it comes to achieving her goals.
Betsy DeVos was born in Holland, Michigan, and she studied at a private Christian high school while there. She continued her education as an adult at Calvin College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics. During her time at the college, she became enamored by politics, and after she graduated she dedicated her life to the educational choice movement.
Thanks to the hard work of Betsy DeVos, the movement has really taken off in recent years. Her efforts have led to the passing of important legislation in more than one U.S. state, and she has been able to convince some Democrats to jump on board, too. The problem, as it stands, is that educational choice has largely been a conservative cause, but she has been able to cross political aisles in order to bring people from different backgrounds with different belief systems together. In Florida, educational choice has really taken off as there are now thousands of economically challenged students who are able to attend a private or charter school. As time moves on, DeVos continues to work hard for the people of the United States.
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