There is a stark difference between the public impression people have of the Secretary of the Department of Education, Betsy DeVos, and how the people from her home state of Michigan remember her. So far during her tenure, she has been mostly seen as someone who will toe the company line in the Trump administration. This was made apparent when she didn’t speak out Trump’s latest effort to rescind the Obama-era policy that allows transgender public school students to use the bathroom they identify with.
While DeVos seemingly opposes the idea, she did not fight against it during the decision making process. One thing she did do is meet with transgender members of her staff was let them know about the policy. She was apparently direct with them and let them know that this was not her idea.
This notion that the Secretary of Education is going to do as she says within the organization is not how she is remembered by her constituents. She was known as a headstrong and passionate advocate for charter schools and the voucher program while she was working in Western Michigan. One asset she had in her tenacious fight to change school policy in Michigan was her family’s money.
DeVos is still in the early part of her tenure as Secretary of the Department of Education, so she may just be getting comfortable in her new role before she becomes more vocal in the fight for what she believes is right. It comes as no surprise that she wants to implement the voucher system nationwide in the public system. It should be noted that she joined the Trump Administration when they announced the newest measure to repeal what they say was an overreach in policy by the Obama administration.
DeVos was born in Holland, Michigan and was raised in the Dutch Christian church, which is why her family has been known to champion conservative Christian measures in the area. Devos’s family owned an extremely successful auto parts company. Her family is exceedingly wealthy and has used their money to help influence policy in their area. DeVos spent her most recent years working in the city of Grand Rapids.
Adding to her wealth and power, DeVos married Dick DeVos, a member of the powerful DeVos family that founded Amway. He is best known for an unsuccessful run for governor in the state of Michigan in the mid-2000s. Together they are worth billions. Learn more: https://twitter.com/BetsyDeVos?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor