As the 11th US Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos has been working hard since her appointment in 2017. She has steadily conducted interviews, worked with school leaders, and campaigned for educational choice. At the same time, philanthropy has been at the forefront of her priorities. Despite leading the way for new educational choice programs, she continues to commit her life to helping out schools and underprivileged kids.
Across the country, students and parents have been learning more about educational choice. These programs were designed to help students in neighborhoods where they are zoned for a school that doesn’t have the right programs or doesn’t have the best curriculum. Students can choose to go to another school through a magnet program, charter school, private school, homeschool program, or virtual school.
Educational choice has polarized many Americans, especially those who work in the public school system. While teachers have asked whether educational choice will take away from public schools, Betsy DeVos has repeatedly said that isn’t the case. Most of the programs are funded by philanthropy. DeVos has donated over $35 million to the cause, and she has some other donors who support educational choice. This includes donations from Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Bill Gtes of Microsoft.
DeVos has been campaigning for more states to start educational choice programs, but so far it’s been difficult to get more programs in other states besides Louisiana and Florida. Of the two, Florida is the better state for programs. Students can choose to go into any time of educational choice program in Florida, and they also can apply for a tuition-based scholarship that pays for their private or charter school education.
In addition to work with educational choice, Betsy DeVos has been working hard on school safety reforms. With the gun violence issues of 2018, President Donald Trump appointed Betsy DeVos in charge of changing policies and improving security on campus. DeVos led the way and many policies went into effect prior to the 2018 to 2019 school year.
Schools now have guardian programs with a security officer, and there are other changes in school districts where teachers are allowed to carry guns to school. In these areas, teachers say they will know how to protect their students.
Betsy DeVos believes that Florida has the right idea when it comes to educational programs. She toured the state with the First Lady Melania Trump, starting in Miami. They visited multiple charter schools and hope to promote more changes within the school system to allow for better programs.
DeVos has less than two years to talk to more state education leaders and get educational choice programs into more underprivileged areas across the nation.
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