Currently serving in the Trump administration there is a person who brings hope to us mothers and grandmothers. Betsy DeVos is serving as the 11th United States Secretary of Education. In a time where “Common Core” has taken over our school systems, DeVos is a voice of reason. I for one am looking forward to the changes that will be made in our schools all over America. According to her website, she does not support the Common Core, but “does support high standards and strong accountability.”
Betsy has been active in politics for over 35 years. Normally, I have issues with career politicians, feeling that they lose track of how us “real people” think and feel. Yet as I did some research on our new Secretary of Education I realized this is a woman who believes that our schools are in need of some help. DeVos is an advocate of school choice, school vouchers, and charter schools. Not only has she been a staunch supporter of education, she is a board member of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and has served as chairwoman for the Alliance for School Choice and Action Institute. She also heads the All Children Matter PAC.
After the recent test results came back for school vouchers in Wisconsin, that showed higher test scores for those who utilized the voucher system, Betsy DeVos said, “Empowering parents with the ability to choose a school that best suits the child’s needs is working in Wisconsin and resulting in students performing better academically.” As a citizen of Wisconsin, I have to agree with her. Children and a good education matter to her.
I was also impressed with what I found out about her personal life. The DeVos are wealthy, billionaires in fact. Unlike most people, that doesn’t bother me in the least. Good for them. Actually it is good for a lot of people because they are not stingy with their money. They have created the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1998. As devout Christians, their giving is motivated by their faith. The foundations giving centers around “cultivating leadership, accelerating transformation and leveraging support in five areas, namely education, community, arts, justice, and leadership.” In 2016 alone, their charitable contributions were $11.6 million dollars, bringing their lifetime giving to an outstanding $139 million. This puts them as number 24 on the 2015 Forbes list of “Top Givers.”
So why do I trust Betsy DeVos as our Secretary of Education? She fights to remove barriers when others are doing their best to erect them. Her goal is creating an environment where people are productive and successful, while others strive to keep those in poor situations dependant on outside help.