Betsy DeVos and the Educational Choice Movement
Betsy DeVos has become one of the most polarizing female figures in government. She holds the 11th Office of US Education Secretary, and she is also the wife of Dick DeVos, heir to the Amway fortune. She has been working hard to help students with more educational choice options, but she has been stuck in a sea of criticism for these same policies. It’s been difficult for DeVos to understand why. She says that her only goal is to put students first.
Whether you like her or not, DeVos has stood up to many who have said that she is trying to use public funding for private education. She has publicly stated that isn’t the case, but it’s been difficult for educators to side with her. While she hasn’t been able to get most states on board fully with educational choice, she has been working with Louisiana and Florida to private more statistics on how well the programs are doing.
Educational choice is really about putting students first, according to DeVos. These are programs designed to get students interested in their education by allowing them the choice of where to go to school. If students want to attend a magnet program where they can learn ballet, then they should be able to transfer to a new school. There are all kinds of magnet programs available, such as business, law, international studies, and performing arts.
In addition to educational choice, DeVos has also been responsible for school safety reforms. In 2018, schools had a lot of problems with gun violence. The Parkland shooting changed everything, however. President Trump placed Betsy DeVos in charge of school safety reform, and ever since then, she has been working with officials to make sure that schools were safer, which meant no more guns on campus.
DeVos says that Florida is the most successful for her educational choice programs. In this state, students have access to more programs, and they can attend a variety of schools to get the kind of education that they want. Students are even able to take online courses if they want to study something not offered at their current school or if they want to get ahead with college courses.
DeVos has less than two years to bring more states on board with educational choice.
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