Betsy Devos recently gave an interview with “60 Minutes” in which she talked about the success of the new educational choice options in certain states and what she plans to do about school safety reform. She was appointed to head up the school safety movement by President Trump earlier in 2018. So far, she has been working with advisers to change the face of school to be more focused on security and gun safety in 2018.
However, Devos has been working within school reform for most of her life. She started at Calvin College and joined political campaigns in her younger years, fighting for better education opportunities. It was difficult to do so, as she had grown up with a mother who was a public school teacher. This made her see public school systems differently, as she often heard her mother complain about the different pitfalls of the system, including standardized testing.
Educational reform is the priority for Devos, but she has been working on school safety in recent months. While many people see her believes in educational choice as dangerous, she believes that these groups are just misunderstood and don’t really understand what educational choice is before they criticize it. In fact, she doesn’t believe that public funding has anything to do with it. The most successful programs are funded by philanthropists.
Devos has been backed by quite a few donors, including Sam Walton of Wal-Mart, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, and Bill Gates of Microsoft. These big donors have helped her to get programs started in places like Florida. She considers this state to be the most successful since it has the most educational choice options, as well as a tuition-based scholarship fund. The educational choice options include magnet programs, virtual schools, homeschooling, private schools, and charter schools. Students don’t have to go to a failing school just because they live in that district.
This is the biggest reason that Devos has fought so hard for reform. She wants the focus to be on the education of the student and not on the administration aspects. That’s also how she feels about school safety. She wants to create the best environment for students to learn, and she’s not sure that means arming teachers. She does want students to feel more protected. New security policies for schools have already been rolled out for the 2018-2019 school year.
For updates, follow Betsy DeVos on twitter.