Reform Successes Lead To A Top Education Position For Betsy DeVos

In February 2017, Betsy DeVos moved into the top political position in the U.S. Department of Education when she was voted into the position of Secretary of Education after spending much of the last three decades fighting to reform, what I believe to be the outdated public education system in the U.S. I have been aware of the work of Betsy DeVos for a number of years after she played a major role in building a bipartisan coalition of political leaders in my home state of Louisiana to ensure the passage of legislation designed to allow students and families more control over the education they received; in reading of the work of Secretary DeVos before her appointment to her position with the Federal Government I was impressed I was impressed with her ability to work with politicians and educational professionals from all sides of the political spectrum as they sought greater success for students across different groups in society.

In my opinion, the ability of Secretary DeVos to work with people of so many different backgrounds and push for the best options in bringing a better education to Latino and minority groups in the U.S. is based solely on the fact she wishes nothing more than to build a better society for the future. In her home state of Michigan, and in particular the city of Grand Rapids, Betsy DeVos has built her reputation on providing financial backing and her voice to many different community-based programs that would otherwise have struggled to move from the drawing board into existence. My own opinion of Betsy DeVos was secured at a high level when she played a major role in the development of the ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan that was created to allow visitors to the arts festival a vote in which works were awarded prizes, instead of a panel of faceless expert judges giving their own opinion.

For the majority of her career since leaving Calvin College, Betsy DeVos has been a successful campaigner and philanthropist who has given her time to volunteer as an advocate for at-risk students in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. The belief Betsy DeVos has shown in her work to reform the education movement sees her bring a new level of success to every aspect of her life, including the development of the West Michigan Aviation Academy charter school that has been established by Secretary DeVos to provide an education with its basis in the aviation industry for high school level students. I believe Mrs. DeVos has shown herself to be prepared for her new role as Secretary of Education through her work as the Chair of the Michigan Republican Party and as the choice of President George W. Bush to take up a role with the Kennedy Center for the Arts.

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