Betsy DeVos has always been a woman who stands up for what she believes in. She has been a monumental figure in the battle to see legislation passed that gives American families more educational freedoms. Recently, she was narrowly confirmed as the Secretary of Education for the United States. During her confirmation hearings, those who were opposed to her nomination worked hard to make her look ignorant. While she was bothered a bit by this, she got over it quickly, according to those close to her.
Betsy DeVos has dealt with all kinds of opposition and friction during her career. As president Trump was getting ready to rescind a federal policy that allowed transgender students to pick a bathroom of their choice to use based on their gender identity, she held a meeting to let the Department of Education’s gay and transgender representative know what was about to occur. According to reports, she had been opposed to the rescinding of the law but let this on publicly.
After this, many people thought that Betsy DeVos would be just another quiet team player who never stands up for what she believes in. The people that thought this way didn’t know much about DeVos because this has never been the case for her. While she is a billionaire, she has had to fight for and earn everything she has in life. Her battle for educational choice is one that she fights for the economically disadvantaged and those who have no good educational options.
In Michigan, Betsy DeVos is known for her ability to remain focused and dedicated to a goal. Mike Cox, who once served as a state attorney, commented in a recent article about the determination and steely nature of Mrs. DeVos. Others, including Randi Weingarten, a leader of one of the largest teachers unions, have also talked about how DeVos should not be underestimated. One of the first moves that DeVos made as the Secretary of Education for the U.S.A. was to call for a meeting with Ms. Weingarten and Lily Eskelsen Garcia, who is another teachers union leader. While Weingarten decided to meet with her, Garcia did not. DeVos shrugged off Garcia’s obvious partisan political move and went on to tour a spread of schools in the state of Florida.
Betsy DeVos was raised in Holland, Michigan, where she was born. She attended a private Christian high school as a youngster and finished her education while studying at Calvin College. Her interest in politics began at the college and continued throughout her adult life. DeVos has also served as the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party for six years and also worked with her husband, Dick DeVos, to get important educational legislation passed in the state of Michigan. When she first came to Washington, D.C., many there doubted her abilities. Now that she has been in Washington for some time, those same people understand that she is a woman who doesn’t back down. DeVos hopes to accomplish great things during her time as Secretary of Education.
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