Betsy DeVos Defends Educational Choice in New Interview

Posted on May 5, 2019

For those who live in Michigan, the name Betsy DeVos is synonymous with education reform. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Betsy DeVos worked with education leaders to create better systems and choices for students in Michigan. As a member of the Republican Party and eventual Chairman, there was nothing that DeVos wanted more than to be the US Education Secretary. It would be the culmination of many years working in political circles hoping to affect change in education.


However, since she’s been appointed in office, many have come out to say that she doesn’t deserve the position, mainly because she doesn’t have any experience as a teacher. It’s also been said that she doesn’t have a firm grasp on what works for education in terms of public education. Instead, she favors private education, and many believe that her educational choice campaigns will make it so that the country is paying for private tuition.


For all of the critics, DeVos continues to do interviews. She has never shied away from opportunity to speak about educational choice and how it helps students go to a school of their dreams. When a curriculum is failing or doesn’t have the right programs, students are able to pick another school based on educational choice. Some of these options include magnet programs, private schools, charter schools, virtual schools, and homeschooling.


While many parents approve of this move, there are many in the public education system who are angry about the appointment of Betsy DeVos. She has come under fire frequently for things that she has said towards underprivileged communities, but she stands by her statement and looks for ways to bridge the gap politically.


When President Trump appointed Betsy DeVos, she may not have realized that gun violence would become such an important topic in schools. After the Parkland shooting, she was placed in charge of the school safety reform movement. She met with many advisers who all agreed that the safest choice was to add a school security officer to every campus. These officers would be able to carry a gun and were solely there to help if there was an attack.


While teachers have been fighting for help, they aren’t too sure about the new gun policy that would allow teachers to go through gun training and carry on campus. DeVos wasn’t a fan of this idea so much in 2018, but it has grown in popularity and was recently made into a law. Now teachers are able to carry guns.


As the First Lady continues to tour with Betsy DeVos, they have been meeting multiple institutions in Florida that are apart of school choice plans. It’s clear that DeVos will continue to fight for school choice through 2020.


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