When Donald Trump first got into office, that is the first time that a lot of individuals were introduced to newly-minted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. They quickly realized what a lot of us that lived in Michigan and nearby states already knew: she may be publicly gracious, but she is relentless when pursuing her goals. Even though this is her first cabinet post, she has a lot of political experience seeing an agenda through. Indeed, the examples go back many years.
First of all, the steely resolve of Mrs. DeVos began in the early 1990’s when she and her husband visited the Potter’s House, which was a Christian private school in her hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. Prior to that, she and her husband had always been grateful that they were able to give their children a good education. However, after that day, they realized that all parents-both rich and poor-deserved to be able to give their children a safe and affordable education. Betsy DeVos quickly realized that educational vouchers was an important issue, and it has been one that she has devoted herself to ever since.
Considering that Betsy DeVos had instilled a lot of fear over the years in those that were involved in Michigan politics, many pundits were not sure what to make of the fact that she became the new education secretary when Donald Trump took office. However, she has proven to not only be a solid team player, but one that works fervently on her goals.
Moreover, she also has great political skills. She is aware of how to work a situation and “soften the blow” when her opponents suffer a setback. One example of this would be when President Trump decided to roll back an Obama initiative that allowed trans-gendered individuals the ability to use the bathroom of their gender choice. She met with gay and lesbian representatives from the Department of Education and diplomatically delivered the bad news. Additionally, although she was privately opposed to the move, she did not publicly waver on the president’s decision.
Finally, another area in which Betsy DeVos is adept at would be in joining forces with people that she may not agree with personally but whom she shares a common cause with. This would include her 2017 visit to a well-known Miami charter school with the Rapper Pitbull. She and this Puerto Rican rapper wouldn’t normally have much in common, but like her Pitbull is interested in giving back to his community. He believes that one of the best ways to do that is through giving the schoolchildren of Miami as many excellent educational opportunities as possible. Betsy DeVos and this rapper may not have much in common, but the education secretary realizes that joining up with those who have a common endeavor is one of the best ways to reach your political goals.
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