When President Donald Trump took office at the end of an incredibly tough, and likely controversial campaign, he was finally in a position to act on his campaign promises. Chief among President Trump’s campaign promises was his decision to drain the swamp and fill his administration with outsiders who were willing to fight for his agenda, which was fundamentally different than the establishment. In order to make this happen, President Trump had to turn to political outsiders in order to staff some key positions. From Ben Carson to Betsy DeVos, President Trump sought to bring in qualified change. DeVos, as it turns out, will likely be one of Trump’s most fascinating selections. Betsy DeVos was tabbed to take over as the Secretary of Education and she did so, albeit narrowly being confirmed by way of the Senate. Now, DeVos is in a position to actually render out change. Let’s see a little more about her in order to learn of the direction that she will be taking the Department of Education.
Betsy DeVos comes into Washington D.C. as a complete political novice to the federal government and that is exactly what President Trump was looking for. Despite being fresh to the federal government, DeVos is someone who has spent her entire life trying to engineer change regarding the things that she feels most powerfully about. Betsy DeVos is a reformer, a devout Christian, and an adherent to the philosophy of school choice — a concept made popular nearly fifty years ago by the writing of Milton Friedman. As a school choice activist, also known as the school voucher system, DeVos has worked tirelessly to try and change the education system. Through her work, DeVos has helped to bring school choice, privately funded institutes, to 17 different states that will reach almost a quarter of a million students.
Born and raised on the Western edge of Michigan, Betsy DeVos would end up attending Calvin College. At Calvin College, DeVos would sharpen her mind and become something of a political maven, albeit in her own way. While DeVos has never run for office of her own, she got a taste of it when her husband, Dick DeVos, ran for Governor of Michigan. Now firmly on Team Trump, Betsy DeVos will be given a long leash with which to work as she seeks to implement some of her conservative and faith-based positions.
Still, if President Trump thinks that Betsy DeVos will be a puppet for his agenda, well, he would be wrong. Betsy DeVos is fervent in her belief in the school choice system and she is generally conservative in most of her positions. With that being said, Betsy DeVos is no dog to be paraded around. Betsy DeVos grew a reputation as a political bulldog and a true fighter within the arena and she’ll even go up against her party if her faith leads her in that direction. Now, we wait and see how effective DeVos will be in her pursuit of education overhaul. Learn more: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2017/06/ex-british_pm_david_cameron_pr.html