Since 2016, Betsy DeVos has been working towards more educational options for students across the country. As the 11th US Education Secretary, many have criticized her policies while parents and students have seen the benefits of educational choice. So what can we gather from Betsy DeVos in 2019?
Last year, there were a few things tripping up America’s education system, and the worst of them wasn’t even standardized test scores. In 2018, Parkland taught us that campus security and gun control issues were harming the most innocent of all. President Donald Trump put Betsy DeVos in charge of school safety reform.
Since then DeVos has learned heavily on security professionals, teachers, school administrators, and lawmakers to implement policies that would smartly keep schools safe without adding more guns to the problem. She responded to questions in a “60 Minutes” interview by Leslie Stahl about teachers having guns with little interest. She stated the best policies would keep students safe without more guns.
These were just some of the issues that the new US Education Secretary had to face. She was also asked about the success of her educational choice programs. With just a little over a year in office, DeVos said that it was too soon to tell how these programs were doing, but many students who were in failing districts were now able to go to better schools and had options for schooling if they didn’t want to attend a school in their “zone.”
For many years, parents and students have complained about school zones and standardized testing. If schools don’t perform well, there’s a good chance that they won’t get any funding, which can lead to poorer education. DeVos knows that the public school system has issues, especially with the latest policies involving common core method. However, these are remnants of older administrations that were left half-done.
DeVos knows that educational choice is just a bandaid, but it’s a way for students and parents to immediately change their situations. Of course, many have criticized educational choice as just a way to put public funding in private education pockets. Betsy DeVos has said that isn’t the truth.
She talked about this in her interview with Stahl, stating that people who claim this don’t understand how it works. Actually philanthropy has been the way that educational choice has driven the way for students. Now schools are receiving millions in funding from donors like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Sam Walton. DeVos has also contributed $35 million and counting to education charities.
It’s clear that the US Education Secretary is a polarizing figure. It will be interesting to see how she handles the next two years in office.
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