Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education, is known for agreeing with decisions made by the president. It has recently been revealed, however, that this is not always the case.
It has been reported from within the Department of Education, that DeVos opposed the President’s 2017 decision to rescind a policy on the federal level that allowed high school students who identified as transgender to use the bathroom of their choice while in school.
The report states that DeVos met with a member of her staff who was a representative of the gay and transgender community, to assure the staff member that she would be opposing the decision by the president. This internal report conflicts with DeVos’s public actions. In a speech delivered to a conservative political group, DeVos announced her support of the president’s decision, saying that the bathroom policy was a relic of the Obama era and that it should be removed.
DeVos, President Trump’s second choice for the position of Secretary of Education, faced some opposition when nominated for the role. Trump’s initial choice for the position, Jerry Falwell Jr., declined the position and has not commented on DeVos or her actions as Secretary of Education.
DeVos’s confirmation hearing was delayed amidst opposition, with democratic government officials questioning her ability to perform the role of Secretary of Education. DeVos was approved, however, a week after her initial confirmation was set to occur.
DeVos’s first public appearance as Secretary of Education occurred on February 10, 2017, in Washington D.C. She has long been an advocate for school choice, a system of education that would allow students and their parents to choose between charter schools and public schools. DeVos and her supporters believe that privatizing the education system can solve the problems it faces today.
DeVos has long been active in the world of philanthropy. She and her husband started the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. Through this organization and other such charitable groups, the DeVos family has donated more than $139 million over the years, earning them a spot on Forbes’s 2015 list of most charitable people in America.
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