Florida and Louisiana are among the United States’ top states for educational choice programs. This comes after Betsy Devos, the 11th Secretary of Education, did an interview with “60 Minutes” and showed that education in today’s politics is about how you actually meet goals. In her first speech, Devos stated that the Obama and Bush administration didn’t do much to change America’s education system for the better. In fact, “No Child Left Behind” and Common Core haven’t really helped America’s students at all.
Devos believes in educational choice. To those who don’t know, educational choice means that students have more control over where they go to school. They don’t have to attend the failing school down the street, especially if they want a better education. They can choose between magnet programs, charter schools, private schools, homeschooling, and virtual schools. All of this should help make education better for students, right?
However, Devos has a lot of critics who don’t believe that public funding won’t be used for private education. Devos says that they just don’t understand. Philanthropy has been the driving force behind educational choice since the movement started in the 1990s, according to Devos. She is backed by donors like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Sam Walton. In addition, the Devos Family Foundation has contributed millions to charter school and private school education. Devos even co-founded her own charter school in her hometown of Grand Rapids.
Devos has been campaigning for years now for educational choice. It’s no surprise that she has been fighting, as many opponents list just one problem with her plan. It uses public funding for private education. Devos has said that isn’t the case, but many don’t believe that the education system can change so much without taking public funding.
In addition to education reform, Devos has has to take on other serious issues like school safety reform. America’s schools have been fret with gun violence threats, after multiple school shootings earlier in 2018. Now schools have been beefed up with security and have new plans for gun violence drills.
Devos has less than two years to work with education leaders at the state level, where much of the power remains to change system. Hopefully, Devos will be able to give students more options for their schools in the next two years.
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