Education Secretary Betsy Devos

Betsy DeVos was raised in Holland, in the Western part of Michigan State. She grew up in a rich family with her father, Edgar Prince being the founder of an auto company which grew over time into a multi-billion dollar business. Erik D. Prince, Ms. DeVos brother, is the founder and C.E.O of a private security firm which is the contractor for American personnel in Afghanistan as well as in Iraq. Dick DeVos, the husband of Ms. DeVos, is a son of the founder of Amway, a renowned marketing company. Her husband also ran for and lost the gubernatorial in 2006 in Michigan.


Back at her home, Ms. DeVos is respected as a fearless political fighter who used her family’s fortunes to gain mileage. This includes using her families resources and connections to punish those who opposed her policies and rewarding those who supported her ideas. Ms. Devos is known to have fought for the presence of charter schools within the Michigan state. Currently, Detroit state has the highest number of charter schools in America courtesy of her efforts.


Ms. DeVos opponents have however noted the lack of connection between Ms. DeVos and public schools since she and her husband attended private school education as well as their children. Her opponents also put forward allegations that her intense support for charter schools is a way to undermine public education by limiting the resources allowed for them. These allegations were countered by supporters of Ms. DeVos who claimed that the introduction of charter schools was a way of pressurizing traditional schools to improve.


Ms. DeVos had a meeting with representatives of the gay and transgender employees at the education department moments before the federal policy that allowed transgender students to use bathrooms designated to their gender in schools was rescinded. This meeting was meant to warn the representatives of the outcomes that await after president Trump makes the officially rescinds the policy. According to those in the briefing, an aide had assured the employees in Ms. DeVos presence that she was against the move to rescind the policy.


However, during the brief with representatives of the gay and transgender employees, Ms. DeVos did not give any public show that there was a division with the Trump administration. She was present during the announcement of the policy and later on stated that federal guidelines were an example of an overreach done by the Obama administration.


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