President Trump appointed Betsy Devos to US Education Secretary in 2016, and ever since, she has been a busy woman. From each corner of the United States, she has done interview after interview, trying to help public educators and students understand the new options that they would have with educational choice. However, she has not been able to get through to some groups. Still, her programs have achieved success in areas like Florida and Louisiana.
In fact, Florida has the most educational choice options out of them all. Students in this state are able to go to magnet programs, homeschooling, virtual schools, private schools, and charter schools. The state also has a tuition-based scholarship fund, which provides for students who qualify to go to a private school. Many of the other states have yet to adopt the new education reform policies, but Devos has two more years to convince states to change over.
In addition, she has been working alongside public education administrators and state legislators on school safety reform. With the recent influx of gun troubles, America’s schools are gearing up for another school year. However, this time, the school system will be undergoing some changes. Devos talked about these changes in a recent interview with “60 Minutes.” She was grilled by Leslie Stahl, who wanted to know what programs were successful in just under two years of work as the US Education Secretary.
She has been working towards better school safety ideas that don’t include reliance on guns, but it’s difficult given what students and teachers are up against in the classroom today. Devos has been talking to several security agencies and working with schools to have better facilities and policies regarding school safety in the event of gun violence as well.
However, Devos still has her mind on education reform. She has been working in this field for over two decades. She says that she is inspired by her mother, who was a public school teacher. In addition, she has been working on educational choice in her home state, where she has proposed bills like the “Kids First! Coalition” bill in the early 2000s. While it didn’t pass, these are still options for every state to help students get back into schools and stay excited about the programs and curriculum.
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