Betsy DeVos rose to prominence in a way that only could happen in the era of President Trump. While a powerhouse in Michigan’s political scene, Betsy DeVos had next to no national political credit when President Trump rang her up for one of the most admirable positions in the country: the Secretary of Education position. DeVos had spent her entire life fighting for education reform as one of the loudest supporters of the works of Milton Friedman and the concept of school choice. So, DeVos knew that she had to take the position and she had to make the best of it despite being an outsider with limited exposure to the inner workings of Washington D.C.
As a political outsider, there are going to be those that instantly doubt and cast shade upon DeVos’ work. However, those that are willing to go toe to toe with DeVos in a meeting over policy are quickly finding that she is not exactly the pushover that the media would have her marketed as. Betsy DeVos has been working hard since the ’80s in order to bring awareness to school choice, and she’s certainly not the type of official who will fall victim to loud words and political elitism. Besides all of that, DeVos has proven time and again that she is capable of going toe to toe with anyone. Mike Cox is a Republican as well as a former state AG and he has gone on the record to say that DeVos is “very determined” and “steely” when she gets focused on a goal or a subject. However, DeVos won’t just be working with fellow Republicans — she’ll have to reach across the aisle to make real change.
Already, DeVos has called several meetings with high profile teacher’s unions. Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers, the President of the union, in fact, pointed out that many are already ‘underestimating’ what Betsy DeVos can do. Weingarten goes on to say that DeVos may be ‘plainspoken’ and ‘personable’ but that she was the definition of dangerous.
Betsy DeVos was born and raised in Michigan. She found her way to her political ideology in the same way that most people do — through family, community, and faith. DeVos would graduate from Calvin College after being introduced to Friedman’s work and she has since positioned herself to render out his ideas and beliefs as wide and broadly as possible. Learn more: http://www.betsydevos.com/policy-involvement/