Have you ever signed a deal with a partner only to realize, their ideas don’t align with yours? This is actually what is happening in the Trump administration especially with Betsy DeVos. Earlier this week President Trump released a draft order that will overturn the transgender bill according to CNN. It is a bill that offered protection to the transgender students.
If you recall accurately, former President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that allowed the transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice. This will, however, be a thing of the past now that the key stakeholders have signed the draft.
Betsy DeVos resisted signing off on the new order from the President stating that she was uncomfortable. It, however, seemed like the odds were working against her as she was the only one among the Republicans opposing the draft order. In fact, Mr Sessions fought DeVos on this matter and pressed her to sign off because the draft could not go forward without her signature.
She ended up agreeing because apparently, Trump was siding with Mr Sessions and also because she had two options: either resign or defy the Commander in Chief of Army. She chose the third option: sign the order. She did, however, insert a statement that instructed all the schools and education institution to protect the transgender students from bullying.
What you will find ironic is that Betsy said during her confirmation that her views on education aligned with the President views and she hoped to bring change. That statement is contradicting to what happened this week. The Republicans are shocked because they have just realized that she is not going to follow or align herself with Trump’s ideas on education. She will challenge them, and the only thing they can do is prepare for it. What is interesting is that she supports the LBGT rights and she is from a conservative family.
Now after this disagreement with the President, the people who were opposed to her nomination are now seeing that she is not going to destroy the education sector as they had anticipated.
Betsy DeVos is a woman who is passionate about education and probably that is the reason why she was nominated and confirmed as the Secretary of Education of the United States. She is also known for her education activism in different topics including school vouchers, grading systems and the school choice.
She has in many different occasions supported the education sector through her foundation. In 2015, she contributed approximately $11 million towards the education system which was 26% of her contributions that year. Together with her husband Dick DeVos, they offer scholarships to students from the developing countries.
In 2009, they founded ArtPrize which is an international art competition that is held Grand Rapids Michigan.
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