If you’re not familiar with Betsy DeVos yet, you’ve come to the right place. I’m writing this post for people who want a brief synopsis of who she is. With that being said, let’s start with the basics. Betsy DeVos is Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of education. You’ve probably seen her in the news a lot lately following her Senate confirmation hearing. Here’s what you need to know.
- She Doesn’t Have Any Prior Experience with Public Education
If confirmed into office, Betsy Devos would be the first secretary of education to have zero prior experience with public schools. She has never attended a public school, worked in one, nor sent her children to one. Many Congressmen and women find her unqualified for the position because of this.
- She’s a Big Believer in Private Education
During the Senate hearing, Betsy DeVos refused to answer a question as to whether or not she would reallocate public school funds towards private education. But that’s fine, considering that her family’s donations do all the talking. Her family has contributed a total of $8.6 million to private Christian schools.
- She Supports Gay Conversion Therapy
Betsy DeVos comes from an extremely wealthy family, and by wealthy, I’m talking they’re worth billions. In the past, DeVos and her family have donated extravagant amounts of money to anti-LGBT organizations such as Focus on the Family. Focus on the Family believes that homosexuality is “preventable and treatable.”
- She Has No Idea What IDEA Is
IDEA stands for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. You’d be forgiven if you weren’t familiar with the term, but anyone who works in education should be. That’s why it came as a shock when, during the Senate confirmation hearing, DeVos appeared completely clueless as to whether or not all schools should be required to comply with IDEA. She eventually ended up saying that it should be “left up to the states,” even though IDEA is a federal law.
- She May Try to Repeal Title IX Guidelines
When DeVos was asked about Title IX guidelines as it relates to campus sexual assault, she was unsure as to whether or not she would uphold those laws.
“Senator, I know that there’s a lot of conflicting ideas and opinions around that guidance — and if confirmed I would look forward to working with you and your colleagues and understand the range of opinion and understand the issues from the higher-ed institutions that are charged with resolving these and addressing them and I would look forward to working together to find some resolutions,” DeVos stated.
And there you have it, folks. That’s your next secretary of education. Happy Inauguration Day, by the way.