Insights on Betty DeVos Confirmation as Education Secretary

The United States Senate confirmed Betty DeVos as secretary of education with a very slim 51-50 vote. Vice President Mike Pence cast the tiebreaker which represents the very first time a cabinet member carried out this action. During the confirmation proceedings, Ms. DeVos emphasized she knows that many Americans attend public schools although her views about the matter will not change. She mentioned one particular case in a public institution in Washington where mentors did not manifest any resourcefulness but chose to remain in a “receive mode.”



The Problem with Public Schools



Republican political strategist Greg McNeilly who collaborated with Betty DeVos to a great extent realizes the central predicament of government-run schools in the country. These learning entities do not perform credibly compared to other developed nations as demonstrated by test scores of students. Mr. McNeilly believes the education head can explain better what American should expect from these schools.



The confirmation process proved uncertain for Betty DeVos. She did not seem convincing in answering queries regarding education policies and federal legislation. Some colleagues argued Betty demonstrated her anger at being described as badly informed about official education matters. In fact, she believes that answering criticisms indicate a waste of time contrary to what President Donald Trump stated. Ms. DeVos dismissed the contempt in public by insinuating her confirmation turned out as a “bear” during her initial meeting with employees of the Department of Education.



As one of the first official functions of Secretary DeVos, the outspoken lady summoned National Education President Eskelsen Garcia and another teachers’ union official (with the surname of Weingarten). The latter responded to that call and maintained that the meeting would not produce positive results. However, both ladies revealed plans to go to schools together.



Betty DeVos Benevolence



Published accounts described Betty as a generous soul involved in educational-choice pressure or lobby groups. In the 1990s, she worked (of course without financial compensation) as a board member of national charity organizations. These associations, American Education Reform Council and Children First America, aimed at expanding educational preference employing tax credits as well as vouchers. Ms. DeVos and husband, Dick played a significant role in ratifying the first charter school act of Michigan State in 1993. Learn more:



In 2000, the couple tried hard but failed to amend the State Constitution allowing tax-credit scholarship grants or vouchers. According to residents, the tragic outcome proved appalling because many households in Michigan specifically in metropolitan school districts showed desperation for better alternatives in education. Ms. Betty grew up in Michigan (Holland). Her father, Edgar Prince, founded a multi-billion dollar enterprise and supported conservative Christian advocacy.



Betty’s spouse came from a more well-off family. Dick’s father established the multi-level giant, Amway and ran without success as Michigan governor. Critics always cite Ms. DeVos lack of affiliation with public high schools and colleges. They claim the moneyed family did not have to worry about lack of money in paying for their education and those of their children. The iron lady exemplified someone who hates traditional public schooling.

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