Betsy DeVos got her start at Calvin College in student government. She took a liking to politics right away and wanted to be a champion for better education in America. While education reform isn’t a new topic, it’s been difficult for DeVos to bring everyone together on the issue of educational choice. The programs place students first, according to DeVos, but her opponents aren’t so sure.
Still, DeVos continues to fight for better education. She works with students every day, and she has been touring schools in the southern United States with First Lady Melania Trump. Together, they have visited multiple schools through Florida, where DeVos says that she has had the most success with educational choice.
Florida is one of the only states to fully support educational choice. In the Sunshine State, students are able to choose between magnet programs, virtual schools, homeschooling, private schools, and charter schools. They can also get a tuition-based scholarship to help pay for these private schools if qualified.
Many students have sung the praises of educational choice because it allows them to get out of failing school districts and go to better schools. However, others say that funding for these programs is coming from taxpayer dollars. That’s just not the case, according to Betsy DeVos in an interview on “60 Minutes” in 2018.
The interview was conducted by Leslie Stahl and consisted of many questions about DeVos’ ability to understand education reform, as questions have risen about her teaching background. While DeVos may not have been a teacher, she has certainly done her research on education reform in the United States. Her savvy ways have helped many students go to schools, especially when they come from underprivileged neighborhoods.
DeVos also has several donors who back her policies, including Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, and Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. In addition, DeVos has said that educational choice thrives under philanthropy and doesn’t use public funding as it has been suggested previously.
Most of all, she wants students to be able to go to a school where they feel safe and welcome. She has been working with security officials to prevent gun violence in schools and has introduced new policies to help protect teachers as well. While there have been many questions over whether teachers should have guns, DeVos doesn’t believe that the answer is more guns on campuses. She simply wants to protect students with the best security options available.
Students can take advantage of educational choice options such as magnet programs, private schools, charter schools, and virtual schools in states like Louisiana and Florida. However, these programs aren’t available yet in all states. DeVos is working on getting more of these programs into different states.
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