Betsy DeVos is, perhaps, the most enigmatic selection that the Trump regime has made since assuming control of the United States government. DeVos falls outside of the purview of a chronic ‘yes woman’ and instead has a long and detailed history of standing up for precisely what she believes in. In fact, over the past three decades, we have watched Betsy DeVos take the concept of charter schools from relative obscurity directly into the mainstream. DeVos is a prominent Republican and one of Michigan’s most vocal conservative leaders. Now, she is the Secretary of Education and burdened with taking care of an educational system across the country that is running into increasing issues.
Born and raised in Michigan, Betsy DeVos would attend Calvin College. While there, she would become a devout believer in the chartered school system and after graduating she would focus her professional career toward spreading awareness of the concept. Betsy DeVos married Dick DeVos, whose family founded Amway, and with that marriage, her outreach was able to grow even more. Betsy and Dick DeVos are two of the most prominent chartered school activists in the country and they are using their new position of public outreach to their advantage.
Despite her relatively unassuming nature, Betsy DeVos has quickly gained a reputation for being a vocal fighter for the things that she believes in. Many conservatives feared that Devos’ would become a rubber-stamp for anything that the Trump administration felt like handing down the ladder. Instead, DeVos has garnered a reputation as someone willing to fight back and stick to her convictions — even if it means pushing back against traditional party politics. Greg McNeilly, a prominent Republican operative out of Michigan, said, “She knows how to play power politics.
After being confirmed by the Senate, thanks to a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence, DeVos immediately went to work trying to pull together the leaders of the school system in the United States. This meant trying to bring in two of the major leaders of teachers’ unions in the country: Lily Eskelsen Garci and Randi Weingarten. Only Weingarten agreed to take the meeting, with Garcia saying that there was “no point in talking yet.” Weingarten has already gone on record as saying that DeVos is not someone you should underestimate. Now, it remains to be seen what Betsy DeVos will do with her new position of power and how the rest of the country reacts.
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