Meet Betsy DeVos, the New Education Secretary

, Deborah Lambert, 2 Comments

image screenshot from Washington Post video

image screenshot from Washington Post video

President-elect Donald Trump has selected billionaire philanthropist Betsy DeVos, a relatively unknown figure on the national scene, to head the U.S. Department of Education.

Calling her a “brilliant and passionate education advocate,” Trump said in a press release that “under her leadership we will reform the U.S. education system and break the bureaucracy that is holding our children back so that we can deliver world-class education and school choice to all families.” Although DeVos earns high praise from conservatives for her pro-school choice positions, she is a polarizing figure to public education supporters, who claim she could destroy public schools with vouchers.

In order to set the record straight about her association with Common Core, The Daily Signal reported that “upon accepting the position of education secretary, DeVos issued a statement clarifying that she is not a supporter of Common Core ‘period,’” adding that although organizations she has been a part of support Common Core, that’s not her position, especially since “it got turned into a federalized boondoggle.”

She strongly supports school vouchers, charter schools and homeschooling as options that should be available to parents in order to put them back in charge of their children’s education.

DeVos’ in-laws, Richard and Helen DeVos, are longtime personal supporters of The Heritage Foundation, and her husband Dick DeVos is the son of the co-founder of Amway, a company that has become a world famous success story.

 

2 Responses

  1. Stop the Magnet

    November 29, 2016 1:46 pm

    She supports a Soviet model in workforce training introduced by the communists. The idea is to completely transform the system with “privatization” schemes & cronies that CONTROL boards (all unelected-should be taken to court right off the bat as it is UNCONSTITUTIONAL). “If education is beaten by training, civilization dies,” he writes, for “the lesson of history” is that “civilization is a rarity, attained with difficulty and easily lost.C.S. Lewis

  2. Anti-Partisan

    November 29, 2016 1:55 pm

    Betsy Devos reminds me of many lovely Texas women, such as Randan Steinhauser (who has worked for Devos!) and Peggy Venable. They appear to be using their status for well intended purposes. Like Devos, it is not clear what these women stand to gain financially, politically or in power by supporting the end game of “privatization.” Anyone who is truly “conservative” or that has a “republic”an mindset, understands that privatization occurs through the use of private capital, not extorting taxpayer funds, no matter how well intentioned the desired end result. We cannot allow these people to continue to capitalize on the minds and being of our children for their own personal gain, especially when the cost is the ultimate sacrifice… the academic education of our children and their futures. Neither Devos nor Venable has had to watch the horror of what is happening on the ground as our kids’ generations suffer through not being literate at the same capacity of our peers. It is unlikely that Steinhauser will have to endure such a travesty with her own children. My guess is that her child’s future education will not have anything to do with state or federal mandates. It is time to get real and cut to the chase. School choice only benefits the pockets of cronies and politicians. There is no evidence that tying dollars to kids and choking them with state and federal mandates will produce well educated children. The evidence is blaring quite the opposite. It’s time to call this game what it is – a charade and nothing more. Cut the ties that bind kids to government money and give their parents the real freedom to choose in a truly open and free market. If that choice is the traditional public school then so be it, but don’t hold our families hostage with these big government mandates any longer.

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