Betsy DeVos is the Secretary of Education for our country. She has worked hard to build up to where she could claim this position. Now that she has it, she is doing all that she can to cement her power and move forward her agenda. However, she does so in a way that is not always completely in lockstep with the White House.
President Trump issued a policy that rescinded rules laid out by the Obama Administration that allowed transgender students to use the bathroom of their choosing. This rule was meant to help include transgender students in a more holistic way. However, the new President felt that it would be to his political advantage to take away these new rules. When he did so, Betsy DeVos was nowhere to be seen. She remained largely silent on the issue, but word leaked that she was not in complete agreement on this policy decision. That being said, Betsy DeVos stuck with the President and weathered the political storm that followed for this decision.
It seems that the Secretary of Education has made the choice that riding out the storms that the President sometimes causes is a better choice to make than trying to figure out how to go an alternative route. She seems to know that she has made the choice to hold on to the power that she has by not crossing the President too frequently.
While Betsy DeVos may be getting a lot done these days, she continues to work in her quiet and deliberate way. She doesn’t want to draw controversy and too much attention from the media. Instead, she would like to operate under the radar as much as possible and continue to build up the kind of America that she envisions for the entire country.
Although DeVos will fight hard for the kind of things that she believes in, anyone who has known her on a personal level would be the first to tell you that she is polite to people that she speaks to in person. It is something that makes her so effective at what she does. After all, it is hard to dislike someone who remains so polite to your face. You can disagree with her polices, but you are going to have trouble disagreeing with her as an individual. When you factor that in, DeVos becomes someone who is a cunning character and can get a lot done.
As time marches on, we are waiting to see exactly what will happen with DeVos in the office that she is in right now. It is entirely possible that she will make a lot of changes to our education system that will be felt for decades. Even so, it may all be done under the radar.
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