Betsy DeVos: A Complicated Political Figure

LGBT leaders were surprised to hear from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos when she came to them to announce a decision that the Trump Administration was about to release to the world. That announcement was going to be that the administration was about to set out new guidelines that would revoke Obama-era guidelines that instructed public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matched with the gender that they identified with.


The decision was one that the LGBT community would certainly disagree with, and it turns out that DeVos also disagreed with the decision. However, as the Secretary of Education she said that she would implement the policy that the President had set up. DeVos felt that she needed to at least let the LGBT community know what was going on before they heard about it on the news. This was her way of showing that she is not always the person that some in the media proclaim that she is.


Betsy DeVos could rightfully be called conservative, but she is also a free-thinker. She has her own opinions and expresses them regularly. At the same time, DeVos is a team player and doesn’t like to grab the media spotlight. She prefers to work behind the scenes in order to get done the things that she believes in. Her main issue has always been making charter schools more readily available to the students of this nation.


Some people agree with her goals in this area and others are very much opposed to her plans. Betsy DeVos has stayed the course in fighting for charter schools even as people have expressed their negative opinions against this. She currently has a higher platform to stand on and make changes in this world. She may not have been able to do all that much in her hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan to impact the entire fate of the nation, but she certainly has the ability to impact change on a national level now that she is the Secretary of Education.


To view all that Betsy DeVos has done in her career and life is to understand that she is a more complex character than what the media would have you believe. She has the absolute ability to defy expectations, and she frequently does exactly that. The moment that you think that you know all that there is to know about her is the moment that you have deluded yourself on this count.


Consider the entire body of work that DeVos has done in her life to better understand why she does the things that she does. You may end up being surprised by some of what you learn about her along the way.


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