Most people don’t realize this but Betsy Devos, the new US Educational Secretary, has actually been in office for almost 3 years now. Her work has become legendary as many people try to understand what she wants to do with educational reform. Most think that she is trying to take taxpayer money to pay for private schools, but Devos says that isn’t the case at all. In fact, she doesn’t think that is what educational choice is about. It’s about giving students the option to go to school where they want so they can feel excited about the curriculum.
There has been a growing problem of failing schools in America since the 1980s. It was revealed under the Reagan Administration that there was something wrong with America’s education system. It was failing when compared to most of the other leadership countries around the world. Now Devos says that educational choice is way to combat students giving up because they don’t want to take standardized tests or do Common Core Math.
These solutions above have only made the issue worse. She believes that people have to care first about students before anything else. She believes that her plan does that the most, because she sees kids every day.
Now that Devos has been US Educational Secretary for a couple of years, she has also been tasked with school safety and preventing gun violence. This is a different situation than most US Education Secretaries have had to deal with in the past, so it’s interesting to see Devos take the reigns and begin applying new measures to make students feel safe when they go to school.
Devos has also donated over $134 million to charity, most of which has gone to education centers and research. She wants people to understand the basics of educational choice are not meant to take away but to add choices for students, allowing them to go to a school where thy like the teachers, the subjects, and most of all, where they want to learn. You can currently attend magnet programs, virtual schools, private schools, charter school, and homeschooling programs.
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