Have you seen the news from Washington? Betsy DeVos has had a pretty successful year. She has been working with schools around the nation, and she has seen significant progress with educational choice in key states, like Florida and Louisiana. While her programs are still in their infancy, many have wondered how she will also take on regulating gun violence and school safety. She has been appointed by President Trump to lead the school safety reform movement, in addition to educational reform as well.
DeVos sat down with Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes,” to talk about some of these issues. While many have opposed Betsy DeVos being the US Education Secretary, it’s clear to see that she belongs in the office. She has a keen understanding of politics, education reform, and student needs, which is what has been guiding her through the first two years of her term.
DeVos was appointed in 2016 by President Trump to the 11th US Secretary of Education office. Her duties were to bring about reforms and fix issues like students being out of school, school safety problems, test scores, and Common Core. While Trump and DeVos are not a fan of Common Core, it’s been difficult to get around the fact that test scores have finally seen improvements, increasing as much as 20 percent in the last 10 years. DeVos says that it is not enough to increase test scores, as the US is still down overall in reading comprehension, and it’s much worse than what statistics can account for.
Today’s schools are using new technology to teach students, but it’s not keeping up with the rest of the world. DeVos has cited that philanthropy has been the driving force behind changing education in America. With donors like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Sam Walton, DeVos has been able to fund a variety of campaigns for education reform across all states. Currently, Florida and Louisiana are the two most popular, with Florida having the best program for students who want to go to private schools.
Florida offers the most programs, from homeschooling to virtual schools to private schools, you can find every kind of schooling option in the Sunshine State. In addition, Florida is the only state with a tuition-based scholarship program. As DeVos works towards filling in the gaps in the next two years, she will be going against state lawmakers who don’t agree with educational choice.
DeVos says it is the best way to get students interested in going and staying in school.
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