Betsy Devos and Education Reform Movement

Most people don’t realize that Betsy Devos has always been in education despite her lack of a teacher’s background. While she is more concerned with educational reform, she has been called out for being a business mind, rather than a school teacher. That digs deep, as Devos was raised by a public school teacher. Her mother was one of the guiding lights that pushed Betsy into educational reform politics.


Throughout her school years at Calvin College, Betsy worked with others to start new ideas for charter schools and private schools. She led the “Kids First! Coalition” movement in the early 2000s, and she supported her husband when he ran for governor in Michigan in 2006. However, she is now in a new fight that doesn’t so much involve her abilities and beliefs in educational choice.


President Trump appointed Betsy Devos to help with school safety after a string of school shooter incidents left the country shook. The new security and safety regulations went into effect just before the new 2019 school year. The new security regulations dictate that schools must have tighter entrances and exits, with new training available for students and teachers.


As much as Devos has been focused on school safety, she is still determined to change America’s mindset about educational choice. She believes that it’s just a misunderstanding. Educational choice is a way for students to pick magnet programs, virtual schools, homeschooling, private schools, and charter schools over a failing school where they may be zoned.


It’s important for Betsy Devos to continue her campaign for educational choice. Most parents are unhappy with the current public school curriculum as it focuses too much on standardized testing and Common Core Math. These two factors alone make it difficult for kids to succeed in the current system. Betsy Devos is looking to change all of that, and says that Florida is her biggest success. The state has its own tuition-based scholarship program, in addition to the most resources for those who are looking to join a new school program.


Devos will continue to campaign for school reform and educational choice, but it’s difficult to say whether her programs will be successful by the end of her term in 2020.


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