In the morning before Donald Trump got rid of a federal policy that gave transgender students the right to use the bathroom they identified with, his Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos, met with representatives of LGBT employees of the Department of Education. This meeting was to effectively warn them of what was to come. This move was out of character given her actions so far as Secretary, but it wasn’t out of line given what we know about her history.
Devos has been seen as meek so far in speaking up for what she believes in within this current cabinet. Some are attributing this to her being new to working in the federal government. Liberal pundits have even said that she isn’t right for the job for which she has been chosen. Those who know her best ascertain that it is just a matter of time before the tides turn and she becomes more bullheaded in her approach.
It interesting to note that Devos and her representatives claimed to the LGBT representatives in the DOE that she fought the measure to rescind the policy within the cabinet. When it came to her public stance, she certainly towed the company line. She even went as far as to say that the policy overextended the reach of the federal government and needed to be replaced with a stricter measure. The question going forward is whether or not Devos is going to speak her mind more often when she doesn’t agree with the president’s actions.
For those who have known her the longest, this is a surprise, In her home state of Michigan, she has a reputation that resembles the mascot at the University of Michigan, the Wolverine. Devos was well-known in Western Michigan for being a staunch advocate of charter schools and the privatization of the school system in general. Given her wealthy and very religious upbringing, this makes sense.
The former State Attorney General of Michigan, Mike Cox, has said that her wealth isn’t the only reason she struck fear in the hearts of her opponents. Her fearless desire to get what she wants is the driving force behind her success.
To fully understand Betsy Devos’s position on education, you need to understand more about her background. She was born in Holland, Michigan, not far from the Western coast of the state along Lake Michigan. The Prince family is one of the most affluent areas in Michigan. Most of their wealth was obtained through the Prince Corporation, an automobile parts distributor. Her family is of Dutch ancestry and she was raised in the rigid Christian Reformed Church in America.
Compounding her wealth and power is the fact that she also married into the Devos family, one of the richest families in Michigan. They are most commonly known for being owners of Amway, a mail order retail company. Her husband, Dick Devos, has even had an unsuccessful run for governor in recent years.
There is no telling what the future holds for the current Secretary. Will she continue to fall in line or will her real personality shine through over time? Only time will tell.
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