Sitting down across from Betsy DeVos, the newest Secretary of Education for the United States, can be an intimidating proposal. Betsy DeVos is laser-focused, driven by ideals, and situated in the highest position that her field can lead her to. As a lifelong education reform activist, Betsy DeVos is in the perfect situation in order to make some of her longstanding conservative beliefs a reality. Like many conservatives, Betsy DeVos believes in limiting the overreach of the United States government into the lives of American families. DeVos has spent her entire career championing education reform in this manner. Now, inside of Washington D.C., Betsy DeVos will have to prove that she’s not only capable of performing at a high level but also of sticking to her guns. That shouldn’t be a problem as in the last year DeVos has earned the reputation of being a hardnosed political bulldog. Let’s leap into DeVos’ first year in the government in order to see how she’s doing.
As one of the leading advocates for charter schools and education reform in the state of Michigan, DeVos has been in the public eye for quite a long time. For the past thirty years, DeVos has been dedicating her career to fighting for education reform and now she is carrying that same passion to the Department of Education. Over the past year, DeVos has worked tirelessly in order to try and spread the word relating to the value of school choice. While this is a tough task, if there’s one person in this country up to the job it is her. DeVos has been seen flying all over the country in order to speak at various schools and universities, even taking to Florida at one point at the same time as the rapper Pitbull. DeVos has been using this integral early time in her work as the Sec. of Education in order to get out and inform the populace of what it is and what it means.
Within the confines of Washington D.C., however, work is very different for Betsy DeVos. DeVos knew from her work as the Chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party that working in politics would take having a backbone and the ability to mentally go toe-to-toe with members of the opposition party. With Republicans controlling every major branch of the government, DeVos knew that would lead to resistance from members on the other side of the political aisle. With that being said, DeVos hasn’t fallen prey to partisan politics. While she pushes the conservative agenda that Presiden Trump has doled out, she has also honed in on playing simply to her own ideals and beliefs. DeVos even stepped ahead of President Trump when it came to the federal policy regarding LGBTQ protections in school bathrooms, warning students ahead of time that President Trump was going against her own desires. DeVos has won a reputation for herself as a staunch activist and now she’s going to earn her reputation for being a political bulldog in Washington.
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