In a word, Betsy DeVos is a completely fresh face in the world of politics. Plucked out of Michigan’s Republican Party, where she served as the chairwoman for multiple years, DeVos has been put into a position to help lead the transformation of the United States educational system. Donald Trump, now President Donald Trump, rose to acclaim and power by citing his desire to fight back against the catered conventions of old-school Washington politics. Put simply, President Trump decided early on that he wanted to ‘drain the swamp’ in order to change the way that the country operates. In order for this to happen, key figures needed to be installed into his administration that weren’t constrained by decades in government. SO what does Betsy DeVos have to offer as the new Secretary of Education? What will DeVos make her legacy stand for?
Betsy DeVos was born in Holland, Michigan which is a town located on the western edge of the state. Born into a Dutch community, DeVos worked closely with the family business by helping her father at his automobile company. Her brother, Erik Prince, is the founder of the security team Blackwater and one of the most notable figures in contract work overseas. Despite her family lineage, Betsy DeVos has steadfastly worked in order to separate herself on her own merits. Betsy DeVos would go on to attend Calvin College and while there she would hone in on some of the key concepts that would begin to inform her life’s pursuit. Chief among those concepts is the idea of school choice.
School choice is an idea made initially popular by the work of Milton Friedman. Friedman penned various essays during his heyday, with the majority of them hitting circulation nearly 50 years ago. Friedman’s works looked at the role of the government in relation to the educational system. Betsy DeVos seized on these ideas in order to help develop school choice into a core tenet of right-wing ideology. As a champion of school choice, Betsy DeVos helped to bring the topic to states around the country. DeVos is the defacto leader of school choice and her work has brought more than 33 institutions into reality, spanning 17 states, working with 250,000 students.
Now, in Washington D.C., Betsy DeVos will have the Presidential mandate to get work done but she will have to prove herself first. Betsy DeVos comes to Washington D.C. as a political outsider, one who has not had to fight with the Washington elite. As a result, many of these old politicians are going to choose to test her and fight her every step of the way. If Betsy DeVos wants to succeed in Washington D.C., she’ll have to use the traits she earned while working in Michigan as a political activist and school choice champion. People close to DeVos know her as a political bulldog and if she lives up to that name then we could end up seeing real change in the United States Department of Education. Learn more: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2017/06/ex-british_pm_david_cameron_pr.html