Have you seen Betsy DeVos in the news? She has been working with First Lady Melania Trump and touring the country’s schools. The pair started off in Miami where they visited charter schools under Florida’s educational choice program. DeVos has previously talked about the Sunshine State as being one of the more open states to educational choice programs.
There is still a lot of work to go for educational choice. DeVos was appointed to the 11th US Education Secretary Office in 2017 by President Trump, and ever since then, it has felt like a battle to get policies implemented. Previous administrations also had their difficulties, but DeVos wonders why people don’t want to put students first.
DeVos says that her polices are putting students first in bigger ways than in any other previous administration. She doesn’t believe that common core or standardized testing has helped students in any way, despite the results that test scores have gone up 20 percent in the past few years. Reading and math scores have shown that US still ranks low on reading comprehension and math skills. In fact, the US is ranked below 60 other countries for reading comprehension.
So how do you fix the problem? DeVos is working on a solution to help students get back to school and stay in school. However, it will take a lot of people in every state to bolster the state leaders to act. DeVos has challenged all of the states to add more educational choice programs to their education systems. Despite these requests, many states are still not allowing students to pick where they want to go to school.
DeVos says that Florida has the best programs because there are so many options for students. In the Sunshine State, students are able to pick from magnet programs, private schools, charter schools, virtual schools, and homeschooling programs. While it’s difficult for students to get into these programs in other states, Florida also has a tuition-based scholarship program.
So who pays for all of these programs? Well truthfully, DeVos has contributed over $35 million to the cause, while some of her donors include Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Sam Walton. They have sponsored many education programs in the past, but now they are working towards making it easier for students to get into a good program that doesn’t revolve around common core or “No Child Left Behind.”
DeVos has less than two years to get all of the states on board. She is currently working on school safety reform to lessen gun violence on school campuses.
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