For those who have seen Betsy Devos in the news, the US Education Secretary has been working hard towards education reform. While many have called her a polarizing figure in politics, she has certainly made a name for never backing down from an interview. She has consistently talked to reporters and educators, hoping to make it more clear what she wants to do with educational choice.
There are many who don’t like her policies, mainly because they claim that she will use public funding for private education. However, that’s not the case according to Devos who went on “60 Minutes” last year to talk about it with reporter Leslie Stahl. During the interview, they discussed several policies that Devos had proposed and which ones had been successful so far. There has been little movement on these policies since she has taken office, and so Devos is looking forward to getting more states on board with educational choice.
She has said that her goal is to place students first, and she hopes that educators can see that. She also talked about why people thought that public funding would be used for private education, and she said that people who think that simply don’t understand the policy. This is because Devos has been working on education reform for many years. She has seen how it can be successful in states like Florida and Louisiana.
In fact, many students in Florida have the best education options. They don’t have to go to the school where they are zoned if they want to go to a magnet program or private school. There are even more options today than there were before for these students. They can now choose to go to a homeschool program, charter school, virtual school, or other school defined under the educational choice policy.
Students in Florida are also lucky because they have a tuition-based scholarship program. While students have to be accepted into the program, it allows low income parents to get a better education for their kids. Many students are now able to go to schools that have a better curriculum that don’t use common core math.
Devos continues to work with educators, but she is finding it difficult to get these policies instituted into other states. Most famous, she had a difficult time getting bills passed in her home state of Michigan. However, there are other issues facing Devos now, such as school safety reform. Ever since 2018, she has been working with schools to improve campus security. She helped schools change their policies and beef up security before the 2018-2019 school year.
Devos will continue to work with state education leaders, hoping to bring more educational choice options to other states by 2020.
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