Betsy Devos is a Trump appointee who found herself in the news in a big way this year. Devos was appointed as Secretary of Education by Trump, but the appointment lead to many raised eyebrows, as the Secretary has no background in public school education, and her children attended private schools. The other issue that caught a lot of attention is Devos’ background as a political fighter who used her clout and her great personal wealth (she is married to Dick Devos, whose family helped create the Amway Corporation) to push for the use of education vouchers for children to attend charter schools. The charter schools that Devos has favored are religious schools, and Devos and her husband have had a history of fighting for church-based schools to receive government support. The difficulty in that issue is of course that her actions run counter to the idea of the separation of church and state, which doesn’t seem to bother Devos or her husband at all.
A Two-Faced Politician?
Political watchers have also found it interesting to observe the difference between the public face that Devos has put on, as a graceful and supportive ally to Trump, and her background in Michigan as a tough political fighter. This year Devos acted publicly in support of Trump’s actions to block transgender students from using restrooms that matched their current gender assignment. Behind the scenes, however, it’s been reported that Devos met with a representative for the parents of gay and transgender students working in the education department, and she let them know in advance of Trump’s ruling so they could prepare for the changes.
All of this has lead many to wonder where Devos’ loyalties really lie, and ultimately, why we have a Secretary of Education with no background in public education. Time will tell how it all shakes out, but for now Devos’ actions have many shaking their heads in dismay.
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