Betsy Devos: the new Secretary of Education

Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s Secretary of Education, apparently gave advanced warning to members of the gay and trans community before a policy that allowed trans people to use the school bathroom of their choosing was revoked by the Trump administration.


It has been reported that hours before the February 2017 decision to remove the policy was announced, DeVos reached out to a member of the Department of Education who acted as a representative of the gay and trans community. It was reported to this representative that DeVos had internally opposed the decision to remove the bathroom policy. This report conflicts with what DeVos said publically after the announcement.


At a speech given to the Conservative Political Action Conference, which occurred days after the policy was revoked, DeVos mentioned the bathroom policy in a list of Obama-era policies that she felt where unnecessary and overreaching.


This is not the first time that it has been reported that DeVos disagreed with other members of the Trump Administration. Many members of the Republican party believe that DeVos often opposes internal decisions but publicly supports them.


Individuals who have worked with DeVos in the past say that she is a fierce fighter for what she believes is right and that she does not easily overturn decisions like this.


Ms. DeVos, a Michigan native and a graduate of Michigan’s prestigious Calvin College, was active in school politics throughout her education. She graduated with a degree in business and economics, and soon entered the world of politics. She became a member of the Michigan Republican Party in 1983, and in 1986 she was elected as the local precinct delegate. She would go on to hold this position for sixteen terms.


Before she was nominated as Secretary of Education by the Trump administration, Betsy DeVos was an active political fundraiser and a member of George. W Bush’s political administration. In 2004, DeVos personally fundraised an excess of $150,000 for Bush’s reelection campaign. She also spent two years on Bush’s National Republican Senatorial Committee, during which time she acted as the finance chairperson.


Ms. DeVos’s nomination as Trump’s Secretary of Education had a rocky start. Her confirmation was delayed while the Office of Government Ethics deliberated her qualifications. She was eventually approved, however, and has spent her tenure thus far visiting public schools and pressing for the spread of school choice.


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