When President Trump rescinded President Obama’s federal law regarding transgender students and bathroom choice, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos met privately with a transgender representative to give them the heads up.
While DeVos resisted the move, she gave no appearance that she had engaged in a behind-the-scenes battle with the Trump Administration. She instead, joined the president when the announcement was made.
There are some people who would take DeVos for granted because she seemingly caved. But the people who know her best would tell you that is not the case.
DeVos is known as a “tiger” in Michigan politics. Before her appointment as Education Secretary, she held the position of Michigan Republican Party President for ten years.
Mike Roe, former Michigan attorney general warns, “She’s not one to be trifled with. There are many reasons to fear her and it’s not because of money. She’s strong and determined.
But even her critics say people should expect her to learn the ropes in short order. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, says “she shouldn’t be underestimated, because she’s dangerous.”
DeVos grew up in the super-wealthy Dutch conclave of Holland, MI. While the former Betsy Prince grew up in a billionaire family, she married into an even wealthier family. Her husband, Dick DeVos, is the son of billionaire Amway co-founder Richard DeVos.
Her husband also made an unsuccessful run to unseat Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2006.
DeVos was a serious player in Michigan politics. She served as chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party for 10 years. Many felt that she used her influence to help steer money away from public schools and into the coffers of charter schools.
Her critics says she it has always been her goal to do away with public schools and make sure there is a charter school on every corner.
DeVos claims her only goal was to ensure children, regardless of socioeconomic background have the same educational opportunities.
Another knock against DeVos is that the charter schools in Michigan are not performing academically. Most believe it is due to the lack oversight. And while both sides squabble, public schools are being ignored — and continue to deteriorate.
Now that DeVos has been confirmed, she wants her critics to know that she’s not anti-public education. She also plans to schedule meetings with Weingarten and National Teachers Association president Lily Eskelsen Garcia.
Republican operative Dan McNally says “She will do find. Opposition only emboldens her.”
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