In Michigan, the DeVos family name is synonymous with the community. The DeVos Family Foundation has donated over $139 million with large parts of it being contributed to areas around Grand Rapids. Betsy DeVos is the 11th US Education Secretary and has donated over $35 million to educational opportunities.
While many have spoken out about Betsy DeVos, she is actually one of the better figures in the administration. She actually does put students first, and she has proven that she isn’t using public funding to do it. In fact, she is using philanthropy. Under her campaign, she has a few backers like Mark Zuckerberg, Sam Walton, and Bill Gates. While many have said that she isn’t a teacher and doesn’t have the experience, DeVos has experience in education reform, which has made her tougher.
Educational choice programs are becoming essential to certain states where common core method is taught. Many parents don’t want their students to go to common core method schools. In other cases, students don’t want to go to failing schools that have poor test scores. In both cases, students are able to pick from educational choice programs, regardless of where they live. They can pick from magnet programs, private schools, charter schools, homeschooling programs, and online schools. If students choose to go to online schools or magnet programs, they are simply switched out of their current high school.
Betsy DeVos did an interview recently with “60 Minutes” where she stalked about the success of her programs. She has stated that Florida is the most successful because it has the most educational choice options. Louisiana is a close second. DeVos will need more time before other states can be added to the list that allow educational choice options.
Lately DeVos has been touring schools with the First Lady Melania Trump. Together they visited schools in Miami, Florida. The schools were receiving awards for their high performance.
In addition to educational choice, DeVos is also responsible for school safety reform. She has been meeting school safety officials and looking for ways to protect students on campus without bringing more guns on campus. This led to multiple changes in 2018 before the school year started.
DeVos has less than two years to get more states on board with her educational choice plan.
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