Betsy Devos – article recap

Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos is no shrinking violet. Just because she puts on a gracious face when she comes up short doesn’t mean she’s not a fighter behind the scenes. In fact, she is. Betsy DeVos has long been admired as one of the most effective people when it comes to driving forth Republican ideals.


DeVos doesn’t isn’t always in lock step with the Trump Administration. For instance, when President Trump shot down the federal policy allowing transgender people to use bathrooms that line up with their gender identity, DeVos resisted. However, she joined the party in a show of support, citing Obama overreach.


The people back home in the state of Michigan know her all too well. Her reputation as a fierce fighter puts the fear of God in a lot of people. DeVoses has put her money where her mouth is. Her father, Edgar Prince is a billionaire industrialist. She is also married to the son of Amway co-founder Richard Prince. This vast wealth gives her a great deal of clout. When she talks, people listen. Not just because she’s rich, but because she’s smart.


DeVos is also able to wield her mass fortune to her advantage; she can use it to punish political foes and reward allies.


Randi Weingarten, President of American Federation of Teachers, sums it up best: “She’s dangerous. People who have underestimated her have paid a high price.” DeVos has that plainspoken appeal that really hides her ferocity, but she’s a formidable foe, say her enemies.


DeVos, born Elisabeth Prince, was born in Holland Michigan. Her brother, Erik Prince, is the CEO of Blackwater, a contracting service that worked extensively in Iran and Iraq.


Some criticize DeVoses appointment to Sec. of Education due to her non-existent ties with public schools and colleges. Individuals note that her lack of knowledge regarding financial aid or the problems average children who lack funds to go to school, is a prime example of why she is unqualified for the position.


Love her or hate her, it cannot be denied that she has fought vigorously and stood firmly on school choice, including vouchers and charter schools.


Now in her new role, DeVos has made a point of reaching out to Weingarten and National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia. DeVos is determined to let everyone know that she can play politics just like anyone else.


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