Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos is a fighter. The individuals who know her best say she should not be underestimated. While it may seem that DeVos is in lockstep with the Trump Administration, there some fireworks going on behind the scenes. Although DeVos has a big smile and seems soft-spoken, she’s as fierce as they come.
Before her nomination as Sec. of Education, she was a stalwart in Michigan Republican politics. She also served for 10 years as the party chairwoman.
DeVos has a lot to back her up. The daughter of billionaire industrialist Edgar Prince, she has a lot of money and clout to steer things her way. Her husband, son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos, also has a great deal of pull.
“She knows how to instill fear in people,” says former attorney general Mike Ross. “And it’s not because she comes from a rich family.”
DeVos is a huge proponent of voucher programs and charter schools. She has spent nearly half her life attempting to get legislation passed on behalf of school choice. While DeVos argued that charter schools was a great opportunity to provide descent schooling for children who are underprivileged, her opponents believe it’s a ploy to undermine public schools.
While she has little Washington experience, most of her advocates believe that she will quickly learn the ropes.
Last year, DeVos fought against a Detroit-based organization that was trying to close old charter schools and opening new ones. She and her Great Lakes Education Project won.
Even when her husband tossed his hat into the political arena, she was there to help. She has always been a huge behind-the-scenes advocate of many Republican candidates in the state.
Her husband ran unsuccessfully to unseat incumbent Gov. Jennifer Granholm. After keeping pace with her throughout the campaign, his finally lost by 8 percentage points. Many say that DeVos was Granholm’s worst enemy. Learn more: http://www.hollandsentinel.com/news/20170127/letter-in-support-of-betsy-devos-for-secretary-of-education
When the subject came up regarding someone filling the Sec. of Education seat with the Trump Administration, DeVos’s name was at the top of the list. Her impressive record within the state of Michigan made her the obvious choice.