It has been said, before, that people will turn anything into a supposed issue. This has, unfortunately, always been the case in the world of politics. Recently, Betsy DeVos was reminded of this when president Trump made the decision to rescind a federal policy that had allowed transgender students to choose a bathroom at school that matched their gender identity. DeVos had assured a representative of transgender and gay employees at the Department of Education of the coming change in policy. What she didn’t do was come out to the public with her supposed disagreement. Instead, she was in attendance when the announcement was made and never publicly showed her disapproval.
During her confirmation hearings, Betsy DeVos was pelted with question after question. Many of the questions seemed to be designed to throw her off and make her look uneducated. This caused some people to feel unsure about how well she would serve in her new position, but many others just shrugged and moved on because they know better. The truth is that Betsy DeVos is a woman who has always been civil in public. It is behind the scenes and when it is needed most that she becomes a fierce opponent who is known for dedication and reform-minded nature.
Many a politician or business leader has underestimated Betsy DeVos in the past, but many of her political adversaries will admit that she is a woman to not overlook. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, has said as much in the past when she commented that too many underestimate DeVos. In the state of Michigan, DeVos has been a part of passing important legislation that improved its educational system and has also worked to better its educational system in many other ways.
Betsy DeVos was born in Holland, Michigan, and she worked in her father’s auto parts company when she was younger. She has continued to financially support Christian conservative causes over the years and studied at a Christian private high school as a teenager. DeVos went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics from Calvin College and also became very interested in politics while there. This led her to serve as the chairman for the Michigan Republican Party for six years.
Betsy DeVos was shaped by the people in Holland who were very supportive of people being able to choose the school they send their children to. In the past, there have been debates over whether private schools should receive the same funding as public schools. Abraham Kuyper, a popular theologian, believed that religious-based schools and public schools should all receive equal funding, and this influenced the way DeVos has looked at the educational system.
It has now been made clear that Betsy DeVos will fight for what she believes in. She has also proved her worth in Washington D.C., where critics were once doubting her resolve. DeVos continues to oppose those who are not on the side of American students, and she will surely give them a run for their money.
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