The 11th US Education Secretary Betsy Devos has made it through some pretty high profile interviews lately. She has been able to talk through all of her points with grace and optimism, and although she has received criticism for many of her policies, she has always said the same thing. Educational choice is about putting students first.
In a recent interview with “60 Minutes,” Devos talked with Lesley Stahl about the new policies and what it means for America, as well as whether she thought there had been any success since starting these policies. Devos has always been an educational activist, who has worked mostly in Michigan throughout the 1990s and 2000s to change education policies.
She believes that students deserve to choose a school where they can get an education, especially if they are in a failing zone just based on zip code. While she has advocated for school choice for many years, it has been a long road that hasn’t always turned out successful. However, in one way, she has truly been able to affect change.
Through philanthropy, Devos has been able to achieve a lot of her goals. It is through her own foundation sometimes where she has been able to donate to education and community charities that have helped students immensely. She also has some of the biggest donors with her, including Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Sam Walton. These donors are just a part of the school choice campaign that has students and parents feeling empowered again.
In addition to school choice, there have been a number of other issues that have caused quite an issue for Devos. For one, she has been appointed to head up the school safety movement. The movement takes security of students into consideration during a particularly dangerous time in American education history. There have been multiple school shootings and daily threats continue to pour in for most public schools.
Devos has been implementing new policies over the summer before the 2018-2019 school season. She believes that guns do not have a place on school campuses and doesn’t think that the best way to help is by arming teachers either. Instead, security rules have been changed, guards have been added to some school campuses, and there have been numerous policies updating procedures for evacuation and security drills.
In the next two years, Betsy Devos will have to fight for school choice in addition to other policy changes at the state level. It will be interesting to see where she goes from here.
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