There has never been a better time to be a conservative living in the United States of America. The 2016 Presidential Election was one of the most iconic political moments in recent history and the ascension of Donald Trump to the role of the Presidency is something that the history books will not forget about. While President Trump is stealing headlines on news stations all around the world, it is the hard work of his cabinet that may be pushing the legislation to change America forever. While there are many high-profile names in the Trump administration, we feel compelled to talk about one of the lesser-known names: Betsy DeVos.
Betsy DeVos is the Secretary of Education for the United States of America and she is one of the single most important positions in the entire world of American education. Betsy DeVos didn’t serve in the government prior to being nominated for the position. In fact, for the past 30 years, Betsy DeVos has been working to render change in the field of education while operating solely as a private citizen. Alongside her husband Dick DeVos, Betsy has become the face and voice of conservative education reform in the United States of America.
Conservatives have gone a long time since having their own brand of education reform to fall in line behind. Whether it is fair or not, education reform has largely been seen by the public as a progressive cause, not strictly a conservative one. With that being said, DeVos has given conservatives something to rally around and that voting enthusiasm could lead to changes in public policy that impact millions of children all across the country.
The direction that Betsy DeVos has been focusing on for the past thirty years is that of school choice. School choice is a conservative perspective on the allocation of funding for educational systems in America. Right now, the federal government gives federal money to public schools. Betsy DeVos, and many other prominent conservatives believe that this money should be spread around into other educational institutions as well: charter schools, private schools, home schools and more. Betsy DeVos doesn’t believe that the government should play favorites with children and she also doesn’t believe that parents should be punished for choosing an alternative path for giving their children an education.
School choice is a contentious subject that will be hard to push across the aisle toward Democrats and progressives. With that being said, Betsy DeVos has the full power of the United States government behind her. There has never been a better time for school choice to become a reality than now and with any luck, and continued voter enthusiasm, school choice might be brought into action before the end of the Trump Administration.
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