Betsy Devos; Grace Under Fire

The Trump Administration has brought some new names and faces to the national public’s eye. One name that is often coming up in the news is the Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos. One article that really seems to grasp the complexity of Mrs. Devos was published by the New York Times. The title of the article was, “Betsy Devos is Publicly Polite, but a Political Fighter.” The article was published in February of 2017 and was written by Richard Perez-Pena.


This article discusses how publicly Mrs. Devos seems quite cool, collected, and a follower. However, in the background she is quite the fighter when it comes to topics she is passionate about, such as the education system in The United States. The specific topic discussed in this article is about how Mrs. Devos appeared to take President Trump’s stand in the transgender bathroom usage topic. In reality, though, Mrs. Devos fought against the President rescinding this policy. She even attempted to warn key players in the Education Department about the President’s decision before it was announced publicly.


Mrs. Devos’ history in her home state of Michigan was also highlighted in the article. She has worked very hard over the past twenty years to open the educational options of families in Michigan. These efforts have allowed many students to attend charter schools, and various private institutions, instead of the inner city public schools that seem to be failing so drastically. Learn more:


Betsy Devos grew up in Holland, Michigan.She is the daughter of Edgar Prince, owner of a very lucrative auto parts company. She attended private schools throughout her childhood. However, even at a young age, Betsy could see that the education system was failing the majority of the children in the area. She is married to Dick Devos, son of Amway founder Richard Devos. Both families have a significant influences and financial backing to help them gain the support in various areas that they are passionate about.


Mrs. Devos has spent her entire adult life, and a significant amount of those fortunes, to shape the education system in the Michigan area. Throughout the years she has say on several school boards, local community boards, and has been a very active participant in the education system. She is now using that influence to help shape the future of the education system throughout The United States.

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