Have you seen the good news? Betsy Devos has been working with school officials to agree on safety reforms, making it more secure for students to get an education in public schools. Devos was appointed to lead the movement by President Trump earlier in 2018 when there were a number of school shootings. Since then, Devos has been fielding questions about school and gun safety on campus.
In addition, Devos has been working with school officials on what to do about educational choice, standardized testing, and a growing number of schools that want to end Common Core Math. The problem is that Devos is in the midst of an education reform tornado, as there are multiple areas of America’s education system that have fallen apart.
She has completed several interviews talking about educational choice and trying to help others understand what it would be like to give students the option to go to school where they would do best. Devos says that this is about how well students do in school and not about public funding.
In fact, most of the work that the new US Secretary of Education has done has been with the help of philanthropy. In fact, she has a number of donors who have worked with her on educational choice, including Sam Walton, Mark Zuckerberg, and Bill Gates. Without their donations, she wouldn’t have been able to create some of the programs that she has been able to since taking office in 2016.
In a “60 Minutes” interview, Devos also talked about her greatest successes with the new programs since taking office. While it’s only been two years, she has been working with a number of school leaders in Florida and Louisiana. Florida has the leading educational choice programs. The state provides magnet programs, charter schools, virtual schools, homeschooling, and private schools. There’s also a tuition-based scholarship program.
While Florida may lead in the number of educational choice programs, there are many who wonder how this is going to work in the long-term and whether the programs will stand the test of time. Many public school teachers wonder why the funding can’t go to public schools in the first place.
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