Betsy DeVos Impresses Political Opponents Even in Defeat

There is no doubting that U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is a fighter when it comes to educational issues she is championing. The New York Times recently affirmed her reputation for being a tough opponent in their recent profile of her reaction to President Trump’s decision to rescind policies started by President Obama to allow transgender public school students to select their own bathroom to use. While some onlookers suggested that DeVos simply acquiesced to President Trump’s position without voicing frustration over what she believed was a short-sighted approach, this could not be further from the truth.


DeVos earned respect throughout her political career for her composure during tough times, particularly when she lost on a political issue. This composure is by no means a mask for weakness of spirit, however. DeVos is just predisposed to focus on the next challenge before dwelling on a short term loss. This is exactly how she is handling relations with President Trump after his announcement about the change in transgender public school restroom policies.


Throughout her entire political career and even as a community leader, DeVos has been consistently devoted to expanding choices in public school opportunities for families across the country. She believes that every parent should have the freedom to send their child to the absolute best public school possible so that they can achieve the most productive education. DeVos has worked tirelessly to make this happen in her home state of Michigan. She has been one of the loudest voices in the charter school movement in that state, which helped launch her into the national spotlight after President Trump took office. Along with her husband, Dick DeVos, she has held countless fundraisers and spearheaded a long list of community campaigns to make school choice a reality for as many families as possible.


In addition to being an expert communicator, DeVos considers herself a grassroots advocate for school choice. She has traveled the country frequently to see these changes in action and always takes advantage of opportunities to see how successful school systems are working differently. She makes no bones about the need for a major reform of the entire public education system in the country. Just as the free market has encouraged growth in other sectors of our society, DeVos believes that this philosophy can take hold in education and lead to countless opportunities for growth through choice.


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