Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is on the road once again. Betsy DeVos was brought into the Trump Administration during the opening months of his tenure in the White House. Heralded by conservatives for her pro-conservative policies, DeVos quickly earned a reputation for herself at the national level. DeVos is one of the most prominent voices in the world of education reform. Beloved by conservatives, Betsy DeVos still has a long way to go until she earns mainstream acclaim. With that being said, DeVos is certainly putting in the work in order to get everyone’s attention.
Betsy DeVos has made no secret of the fact that Florida is leading the charge in terms of school choice reformation. School choice is a conservative concept that essentially argues for the equal treatment between public and privately owned schools. DeVos, like many others in the school choice world, would like to see tax dollars pushed toward supporting these privately owned schools. Critics of school choice argue that government oversight is needed in order to make sure that schools stay up to par. Betsy DeVos argues that the current system is fundamentally broken, citing the United States record in various educational categories compared to other global leaders.
Florida has embraced school choice in a way that few other states have. Florida has already enacted legislation in order to push tax credits toward charter schools. In order to bring attention to the schools that are blazing a path of progress with school choice, DeVos has flown out to Miami with relative consistency. DeVos was recently joined by the rapper Pitbull while speaking at the SLAM! charter school in Miami. Pitbull is an entertainer and prominent supporter of education reform. Pitbull owns several charter schools himself and he has been outspoken in his support of Betsy DeVos.
Betsy DeVos was recently seen speaking at the Excel Academy while she was joined by Melania Trump and Queen Rania, from Jordan. DeVos called the Excel Academy a ‘shining example’ of a school that was meeting the needs of students, parents, teachers, and the community at large. Despite her glowing words, Betsy DeVos still must face pushback from critics of her political ideology. Despite the enthusiasm that school choice is garnering in conservative circles, it is still a relatively niche concept to the rest of mainstream America.
Back home in Washington D.C., Betsy DeVos has to continue pushing forward in order to bring attention to school choice. Visiting the CARE Elementary School and the Excel Academy does a lot for Florida locals, but it doesn’t get the same kind of attention that her plan needs from a national level. With the 2020 elections around the corner, Betsy DeVos must ramp up her efforts in order to make an impact.
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