Betsy DeVos is the current education secretary of the United States and she has made it her focus over the last few years. In the past, before her time as education secretary, Betsy DeVos dedicated her life toward philanthropy causes regarding school choice initiatives, political donations, and scholarship programs. Since she was appointed education secretary though, she has focused her time on her work as education secretary.
During her time as education secretary, Betsy DeVos has done a considerable number of changes and made the position her own. The education secretary managed to change the issues regarding the problem with Congress not discussing gun violence in schools, the problem of students falling behind in certain academic fields, and the issue of transgender students and staff members having bathroom access.
DeVos tackled the issue of gun violence in school not being brought to the attention of Congress. She openly discussed the need for the Senate and representatives to bring the issue up for debate throughout Congress so a solution could be made. Her thoughts on the issue are that it is due to mental illness that so many school shootings have happened, and that improving mental health care will help the issue.
To improve the problem of students not doing well in certain fields, the secretary put some effort into giving students a better education in science and math. American students are lagging behind in science and math studies comparatively to other students in first world countries. She has pushed for those studies to be more of a focus for school systems across the nation, so American students can compete academically and in the job market in technology and science.
One of the first issues that Betsy DeVos had to tackle was to address the issue of transgender students and staff members having permission to bathroom access. The president chose to remove those rights at the start of his presidency. DeVos was quick to criticize the move and wrote to the education department that she wanted to make it clear she wasn’t happy about it. She also addressed that the schools in the United States can tackle the issue on their own by making rules of their own to permit transgender staff and students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with.
DeVos has fully embraced her position as education secretary. She will continue to devote her time to philanthropy on the side, but for now, she is set on her work as education secretary of the United States of America. The job entails the future of American students and therefore the future of the United States.
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