What Is The Deal With Betsy DeVos?
Her name has faded from the news headlines to some extent, but it was once true that you could not go anywhere without hearing people talking about Betsy DeVos. They wanted to know if she was going to be approved by the Senate, what she was going to do once she was in the role of Secretary of Education, and so much more. While her name is not necessarily as much in the headlines as it once was, this is not to say that you should forget about her.
The reality is that Betsy DeVos remains just as powerful of a character as she ever was. In fact, if you choose to ignore her real powers, you might end up making the mistake of underestimating her. That is just about the worst mistake that you can make as Betsy DeVos tends to work best when there is not a lot of the spotlight on her.
There was plenty of attention being paid to her when she was first nominated and then confirmed by the Senate. She won her confirmation battle by having the Vice President step in and cast a tie-breaking vote in an otherwise split Senate. It was something that led to days of drama and a lot of questions about who exactly Betsy DeVos was and what we should know about her. She and the White House seemingly wanted these questions knocked out of the way as much as possible, but it also seemed hard to do until she was able to get through confirmation.
We are now in a place where we have Betsy Devos as our Secretary of Education. As the news media has faded away from her, it seems that she has only gotten more powerful. She has found ways to accomplish a lot of things under the shadow of news media not paying attention to her. Therefore, we ought to all be concerned that DeVos may be able to get away with doing some things related to charter schools that we did not otherwise think was possible. It is definitely an interesting time to be paying attention to something like education policy.
The future of the educational system in the United States as something that exists largely without the influence of charter schools may be coming to an end. DeVos now has the ability more so than ever to change things up and bring charter schools more and more into the mainstream. Thinking about it like this may be the fear of God into some people, but others are applauding it all the way. It really just depends on which side of the political fence you tend to lean. She is a complicated character that nearly everyone has some kind of opinion on.
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