Brendolyn Marie

How Betsy DeVos is Changing the Department of Education.

There is a dynamic shift going on at the highest levels of the United States government. The meteoric rise of Donald Trump coupled with his penchant for belaying all ‘establishment practices’ has put the political world on notice. President Trump is here to drain the swamp and he’s going to make sure that he does it his way. One of the key factors of Trump’s rise to the top of the Republican primary nomination, leading directly to his Presidential victory in 2016, was his willingness to fight for people that wouldn’t have otherwise had a defender. In order to continue this good fight, Trump is turning to his administration and staffing his team with political outsiders that come with their own unique qualities.

 

Today’s focus is going to be on Betsy DeVos, the recently nominated and confirmed Secretary of Education. Betsy DeVos comes to the Trump Administration with as much prior political experience as Donald Trump himself which is to say, little to none. Still, that does not mean that Betsy DeVos is unprepared or even unqualified. Instead, DeVos is someone with a fresh set of eyes for a department that has been plagued with issues ever since it was first created. Some people will be familiar with Betsy DeVos, particularly those that reside in Michigan, but more than likely she’ll be a relative surprise to everyone on a national level. So why did President Trump peg her as his Secretary of Education?

 

The biggest reason why Betsy DeVos was brought into the Department of Education was simple: she has spent her entire career fighting to reform education. DeVos took the works of Milton Friedman, which focused on the separation of the government from education, and she helped to make them popular and applicable once again. DeVos has spent the better part of the past thirty years working to make school choice a national issue and she has, thus far, been wildly successful. School choice programs now exist in 17 states, spread across 33 institutions, all while housing a quarter of a million students. With DeVos in the Trump Administration, she’ll have more power to potentially widen the school choice movement than ever before.

 

With all of that being said, DeVos does have an uphill battle to climb as she heads to Washington D.C. For one, DeVos is a stone-cold outsider. Despite coming from a family dynasty, DeVos has not spent much time in Washington D.C. at all. As a result, DeVos will be challenged by career politicians pretty much every step of the way. DeVos seems to be up for the task, at least if you believe the words of Mike Cox — a former state attorney general and a prominent Republican. Cox called DeVos a ‘fighter’ and described her as both ‘steely’ and ‘determined’ when pursuing something that she believes in. Betsy DeVos will have to harden those characteristics as she pushes to make a difference in Washington D.C. as well as the Department of Education. Learn more: http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20161113/NEWS/161119931/river-lake-projects-in-west-michigan-look-to-improve-valued