Betsy DeVos is well known for her philanthropic endeavors. In fact, much of the charity work that she has done is extremely palpable in her home state of Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was there that she discovered her love of education and her desire to reach out into the community. She started to push for educational goals after seeing how much local parents are struggling with the current school system. It inspired her to become more active and eventually get elected to Michigan’s Board of Education. This time gave her the insight she needed to make good choices about education and she uses it as a sounding board for her current role as the Secretary of Education.
While Betsy DeVos is a relatively quiet Secretary of Education, she is anything but a pushover. She has made it clear for years that she will not budge on issues that matter to her. Recently she was given the chance to prove herself and there is an article on the New York Times that discusses how she handled it. The article can be viewed under the headline “Betsy DeVos is Publicly Polite, but a Political Fighter” and it gives a pretty good idea of how tenacious Betsy DeVos became when defending her stance in this situation.
When Betsy DeVos took this job, she made it very clear that she was in it for the children that would be affected by her policy. This means that she feels responsible for all of the children that fall underneath her umbrella of responsibility. So, when there was a policy that was going to be rescinded she jumped right into the action. The policy in question was the one mandating bathroom usage for transgender students. This policy allowed the students to use bathrooms according to their personal identity, instead of their physical sex traits. Regardless of how the policy was perceived by the public, Betsy DeVos was not prepared to allow the policy to go away without a fight. She publicly voiced on many occasions that she did not appreciate having this policy rescinded. She made it known that while she remained part of the political team, she was disappointed that this policy would not stand.
Her resistance to this move will let people know that even though she is a dedicated member of this staff of the president, she also has a mind of her own when it comes to politics. She understands that things do not get done simply because you want them to get done, she knows that sometimes you have to fight for the things that matter the most. Even though she gave no public sign that she felt so strongly about this policy, she still works in the background to be sure that people got the voices that they needed. It is good to see a politician that is willing to fight for the things they believe in, but also pull it in and rally to be part of a team when things do not go exactly as planned.
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