There are few who have been able to fix the problems with America’s education system. In Betsy Devos’ eyes, many of those who have tried to fix it have failed, including the Bush administration with “No Child Left Behind.” Devos believes that it’s time to start fresh and do something different that will place the focus back on what’s best for students. She doesn’t believe that’s Common Core either.
Devos has sat down with a number of interviewers, but her most famous interview yet was with Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes.” During the hour, Stahl questioned Betsy Devos on a number of successes and failures of the educational choice program. Stahl also pointed to statistics where it showed that standardized test scores had improved 20 percent, and yet Devos doesn’t believe that’s what is best for America’s students.
Her focus is on providing educational choice. There are a number of school zones in any distract that are failing all across the country. Devos says that students and parents need an answer for that devoid, and that with the help of philanthropy, educational programs with vouchers for private schools can really work. However, some are skeptical.
The skeptics include America’s teacher workforce who don’t see eye to eye with the new US Secretary of Education. In fact, many believe that Devos plans on using public funding for private schools, even though she has stated that’s not how it works. She looks to her donors who have made it possible for educational programs to thrive. These are people like Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Bill Gates (Microsoft), and Sam Walton (Wal-Mart).
So why do some criticize the US Education Secretary so harshly on her policies? Many have made statements that she has no experience. Devos says that it is a lack of understanding what it is that encompasses the educational choice program. They don’t see how this has helped students, especially in places like Florida and Louisiana. Students are able to get a better education because of these programs, such as magnet schools, virtual schools, private schools, charter schools, and homeschooling programs.
When asked what she thinks the most successful has been, Devos replied that Florida has been the most successful with educational choice. The state has the most educational choice options out of any other, and they have a tuition-based scholarship program that allows them to go to any school of their choice once approved.
It’s important to note that Betsy has also faced problems with school safety reforms as well. She has been making necessary changes to security at public schools while conscious of her educational choice reform campaigns as well. It’s important that she does something with these programs in the next two years.
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