Betsy DeVos
 
 
 
 
Secretary of Education
Betsy DeVos

Elisabeth "Betsy" DeVos (born January 8, 1958) is an American businesswoman, philanthropist, and education activist from Michigan. DeVos is a prominent member of the Republican Party known for her advocacy of school choice, voucher programs, and ties to the Reformed Christian community. On November 23, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would nominate DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education in his incoming administration.
Betsy DeVos Facts
  • A press release issued by DeVos in April 2004 blamed Michigan's economic woes on "high wages and a tax and regulatory structure that makes this state uncompetitive" leading to a backlash from members of the Michigan public who disagreed with DeVos that workers were overpaid.
  • DeVos is chairwoman of the Windquest Group, a privately held operating group that invests in technology, manufacturing, and clean energy. DeVos and her husband founded it in 1989. In 2011, DeVos and her husband, via the Windquest Group, invested in Energetx Composites, a wind energy company. They were drawn to it because it aligned with Windquest Group's clean energy focus. Windquest also invested in another Western Michigan firm, Cascade Engineering, to create a water filter used to help clean water efforts.
  • DeVos is known as a "a fierce proponent of school vouchers" that would allow students to attend private schools with public funding.
  • According to The New York Times, it "is hard to find anyone more passionate about the idea of steering public dollars away from traditional public schools than Betsy DeVos."
  • An article in The Washington Post stated that "her policy positions on school vouchers appear to be motivated by her Christian faith".
  • DeVos is a member of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a think tank founded by Jeb Bush whose stated goal is to "build an American education system that equips every child to achieve his or her God-given potential."
Opinion

Betsy was doing pretty good until she brought religion into the picture. Her policy positions on school vouchers appear to be motivated by her Christian faith. Many Christians favor school choice and many are involved in home educating their children as a means of keeping them away from kids of other faiths. This is a discriminatory stance and unacceptable for someone who will run this department.
Secretary of Education

The United States Department of Education, also referred to as the Education Department, is a Cabinet-level department of the United States government. Recreated by the Department of Education Organization Act (Public Law 96-88) and signed into law by President Jimmy Carter on October 17, 1979, it began operating on May 4, 1980. The Department of Education Organization Act divided the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare into the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services. The Department of Education is administered by the United States Secretary of Education. It is by far the smallest Cabinet-level department, with about 5,000 employees. It has an annual budget of US$73 Billion (2016). The primary functions of the Department of Education are to "establish policy for, administer and coordinate most federal assistance to education, collect data on US schools, and to enforce federal educational laws regarding privacy and civil rights." The Department of Education does not establish schools or colleges.
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