What we need to know about Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos is the new US Education Secretary, sworn in by President Trump in 2017. She has been working her way through educational reform, dealing with adversity and criticism for her policies. However, she says that people simply don’t understand what she’s trying to do. In fact, she has been working hard to help students go to better schools, and despite what her critics suggest, none of the new policies rely on public funding or tax dollars.


Educational choice is a way for students to go to a different school than where they are zoned. It has become more prominent due to the failing school issue that many states are having right now. While public schools try to improve, they are plagued by policies from the previous administration, such as Common Core. Standardized testing and “No Child Left Behind” have also created considerable problems for schools in America. DeVos wants to make it better for students as soon as possible, which is why she has started educational choice reforms.


Currently, DeVos says that Florida is the best state for educational choice so far. The state has the most funding, thanks to philanthropy, and there are more educational choice options than in any other state. Students can choose to go to virtual schools, homeschooling programs, magnet programs, private schools, and charter schools. While many critics state that this is a slippery slope, DeVos says that they just don’t understand. This move is about the students, according to DeVos during her “60 Minutes” interview with Lesley Stahl.


The interview was short and to the point. Stahl had a number of questions grilling DeVos on her progress since joining the administration in 2017, but DeVos’ policies are quite young and haven’t had the amount of time to marinate as standardized testing or Common Core. However, she doesn’t believe that these two have helped students significantly. In addition, she has been put in charge of school safety reform. They have been new policies created to help protect students and teachers from guns on campus.


As of the new school year, students have new policies to go by that are supposed to protect them from guns on campus. Part of this is just DeVos working with state legislators before the school year, but it’s also adding new security measures that won’t also add more problems for school campuses. DeVos will continue to lead this movement throughout the end of her term.


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