Charter schools are the primary focus of the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. This has been the case in her life for a long time now. You can trace her obsession with charter school education back to her days working on the issue in her hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. With her power and influence she and her husband were able to move the entire state of Michigan towards having more charter schools and towards those schools having a larger influence on the education of the state as a whole.
The current day Betsy DeVos is often viewed in a political lens that makes many people either love or hate her perhaps more than they should. She is a member of the Trump Administration and this alone makes her controversial to some people. However, she does not necessarily view herself as the lightening rod for attention that she sometimes is. Betsy DeVos prefers to stay out of the spotlight as much as possible and simply put her head down and get work done.
When the President signed an executive order that would repeal some of the Obama-era protections for transgender students using the bathroom that they felt most appropriate, Betsy DeVos sprung into action. She wanted to let some of the pro-LGBT groups know what was about to happen before the action came down. She disagreed with the President’s decision and decided that the least that she could do was to let these groups know what was about to happen. She felt that it was her duty in a way to make sure they understood what was going on.
This is not the only time that DeVos has ever done something that flies in the face of the purely partisan way that some people view her. In fact, one of the first things that she did after being confirmed to the position of Secretary of Education was to call for a meeting with leaders of the two largest teacher’s unions. She felt that it was important to hear their ideas and to extend an olive branch as it were to those who might not be her most natural allies. Some saw this as an obvious political move, but others say that it showed that she was serious about helping to mend fences. All in all, Betsy DeVos shows that there is sometimes more than meets the eye in regards to our top officials.
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